DEI efforts in Kentucky K12 schools at risk under proposed legislation

A Kentucky Republican lawmaker wants to rid the public K12 system of some programs used to make schools more inclusive of people of color, LGBTQ people and other marginalized groups.

Sen. Stephen Meredith of Leitchfield filed Senate Bill 93 Monday. The measure contains language from laws and regulations passed in Florida and Texas aimed at rooting out diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts in higher education institutions.

SB 93 would prohibit Kentucky’s K12 public schools from advocating for, or spending resources or funds on “diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.”

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