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Dunno Much About Diversity Training

Idaho lawmakers can't do math. They have missed the state's revenue targets two years in a row. They can't run a school system. The results are apparent. And they have difficulty accepting new ideas. Just take a look at how tone deaf they've been about protecting gays from discrimination. But they do know one thing better than anyone else: what it takes to be a good lawyer. At least 20 of them think so. Along with House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, House Education Committee Chairman Bob Nonini, R-Post Falls, and Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, this crew wants University of Idaho law school Dean Don Burnett to lighten up on the diversity training/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Are you wary of diversity training?

Edit: Idaho R’s Need Sensitivity Class

University of Idaho administrators have a lot to deal with. Or, perhaps, these professional academics really don’t know much about running a university. Either way, U of I need not worry about going it alone. Not when the Idaho Legislature is around. Recently, 21 legislators took some time away from their day job to tell the U of I law school how not to mandate attendance at a diversity workshop. Unsolicited advice is just one more service this Legislature offers. These lawmakers wrote a letter to U of I law school Dean Don Burnett, criticizing the decision to require the school’s 360 students to attend a 75-minute program in professionalism and diversity. If a student doesn’t attend, a note may be placed in his or her file — and that’s what set off the legislators/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Does the Idaho Legislature need sensitivity training?

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