Governor says Memphis University will not continue with $ 3k contribution to fill equity for courses


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Gov. Bill Lee, R-Tenn., Said the University of Memphis will not continue to pay tutors $ 3,000 as part of a controversial program to fill ideas like “equity” in their courses.

The Washington Free Beacon reported Saturday that the university “has told my office that the initiative will not continue.”

“We welcome a robust debate on college campuses, but taxpayer dollars should never be used to promote a divisive, radical agenda,” he said.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee speaks to reporters in Nashville on November 10, 2020.
(AP Photo / Mark Humphrey, File)

Lee’s comments came shortly after the proposal first appeared in Beacon. Got an email from all the faculty showing the outlet University Professors offer a $ 1,500 stipend after redesigning their curriculum, and another $ 1,500 after teaching a redesigned course. According to the email, 15-20 faculty members were to be selected for the program beginning in the spring of 2022.

Marsha Blackburn promotes University of Memphis program ‘Wake’ course adaptations

Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Told LBL Digital last week that the event was an inappropriate use of taxpayer funds.

Sec.  During a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington on 29, 2021, Sen.  Marsha Blackburn speaks.

Sec. During a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington on 29, 2021, Sen. Marsha Blackburn speaks.
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“The university should encourage its students to become independent thinkers, broaden their worldview, learn how to be lifelong learners, and respect everyone,” Blackburn said in a statement to LBL Digital on Tuesday.

“Taxpayer dollars should not be used to fund an alert social justice agenda.”

University of Memphis logo (screenshot / uofmemphisvideos / youtube)

University of Memphis logo (screenshot / uofmemphisvideos / youtube)

The university did not respond to LBL’ request for comment.

The email reads: “This publication provides a competitive grant opportunity designed to support faculty interested in redesigning and aligning existing course curriculum, incorporating diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice into existing courses / curriculum.”

It is Working Group Links to a Report The term popularized by controversial author Ibrahim Kendi underscores the need for anti-racism.

This includes the call “[e]Establish funds to encourage faculty and instructors to join cultural competency workshops focused on racism and racism, design anti-racism curricula, and develop skills and appropriate dispositions to facilitate anti-racist classroom discussion. “

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