critical race theory

McGeachin’s education task force discusses calls to disband State Board of Education

BY: - July 29, 2021

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s education indoctrination task force held its third meeting of the summer Thursday at the Idaho Statehouse but still has yet to allow any public testimony.  But task force members did receive their first challenge and some pushback for surrounding themselves with people they agree with.  Nafees Alam, a professor of social […]

Analysis: How critical race theory turned into a political ‘bogeyman’

BY: - July 1, 2021

Originally posted on on July 1, 2021 Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s task force on school indoctrination meets at the Statehouse on June 24. Nik Streng/Idaho Education News As education culture wars consumed the Statehouse this spring, the running joke was that Idaho educators were scrambling to Google to figure out what “critical race theory” […]

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GOP furor over ‘critical race theory’ hits college campuses

BY: - July 1, 2021

Professors say the Republican effort to root out “critical race theory” is taking a toll on college campuses around the nation — places where academic freedom is supposed to encourage thought, discussion and analysis.  Much of the “critical race theory” uproar to date has centered on teaching in K-12 schools. But several high-profile incidents, combined […]

Branden Durst speaks at the task force meeting at the Statehouse

Conservative speakers and candidates dominate second education task force meeting

BY: - June 24, 2021

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s education indoctrination task force met for the second time Thursday at the Statehouse, with the agenda again dominated by a series of conservative speakers who agreed with the task force’s mission. McGeachin formed the task force herself — it wasn’t created by the Legislature or statute — “to examine indoctrination in […]

Extremism expert: Idaho critical race theory debate is ‘cynical’ effort to rally voters

BY: - June 11, 2021

A national expert on race and extremism said a recent spate of attacks on “critical race theory” in Idaho are part of a growing effort by conservative Republicans to exploit anxiety and engage voters in upcoming elections. Meanwhile, the Idaho Freedom Foundation, in a letter to donors last month, took credit for a “never-before-seen” reckoning […]

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Idaho pursues that most elusive quarry — critical race theory

BY: - June 3, 2021

Idaho politicians have been doggedly engaged of late in a quest to find and defeat a cunning and elusive adversary —critical race theory. Republican legislators spent weeks this past session, trying without success to define it, then just gave up and prohibited its presence in public school classrooms. Much like the chimeric Sasquatch, they could […]

Task force members vow to root out, protect students from indoctrination in Idaho schools

BY: - May 27, 2021

Members of Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s Education Task Force vowed at its first meeting Thursday to root out and protect Idaho students from what conservative legislators claimed was social justice programming and indoctrination in Idaho classrooms. Task force members didn’t take any action at the meeting, held at the Idaho Statehouse. Instead, they attempted to […]

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The sad, dangerous line from McCarthy to McGeachin

BY: - May 26, 2021

On Thursday, Idaho will see its very own McCarthy hearings begin with the first meeting of Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s Indoctrination Task Force. One might argue that the name of the committee is a political blunder because it sounds like a task force that is focused on indoctrinating Idaho’s students, but since that is actually […]

Who is Boise State’s mystery accuser? Boise State isn’t saying

BY: - May 25, 2021

Originally posted on on May 25, 2021 On March 15, a community leader contacted Boise State University, claiming to have seen video evidence of a student being harassed during a diversity class. An outside investigative report released Monday exonerated Boise State — but did not identify the non-student behind the complaint. On Tuesday, the […]

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Attempts to ban ‘critical race theory’ multiply at statehouses across the U.S.

BY: - May 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — From statehouses to Congress, Republicans have launched into a fight against the teaching of “critical race theory,” which just a year ago was a niche academic term. Experts in critical race theory say it’s about acknowledging how racial disparities are embedded in U.S history and society, and the concept is being mischaracterized by […]

Door to the Office of the Attorney General at the Idaho State Capitol building on March 23, 2021.

Republican AGs object to U.S. Department of Education proposal on teaching about racism

BY: - May 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — More than two dozen Republican attorneys general are voicing their disapproval over the Department of Education’s proposed priorities for teaching K-12 students about American history and civics education because they would include references to systemic racism and how the history of slavery has shaped the U.S. The state attorneys general argue in a […]

Idaho governor signs ‘social justice’ bill, but chides Legislature for passing it

BY: - April 29, 2021

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed a bill into law that is premised on the idea that public schools and teachers are indoctrinating students into a “social justice” worldview. In a letter to House Speaker Scott Bedke, the governor suggested the Legislature’s approach may damage Idaho public education. The pandemic gave students, parents, teachers and […]