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Feb 9, 2023

PEN America’s Nadine Farid Johnson joins the podcast to talk about the status of “educational gag orders” at the state level, or the legislative efforts to restrict K-12 and college teaching on topics like race, gender, American history, and LGBTQ+ identities. Beyond instruction, we’re also now seeing potential restrictions on tenure, gag orders on reproductive health, and services provided to transgender students. What does the upswing in activities by state legislatures in the ramp up to the 2024 election mean? Could these gag orders happen at the federal level?

Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show:

COVID State of Emergency Ends in May; Federal Pandemic Aid was Key to Supporting Students
ACE | Feb. 6, 2023

More than 100 House Republicans File Amicus Brief on Biden Student Loan Forgiveness
The Hill | Feb. 3, 2023

Campus Free Speech
PEN America

Education Gag Orders
PEN America

PEN America Index of Educational Gag Orders

In Higher Education, New Educational Gag Orders Would Exert Unprecedented Control Over College Teaching
PEN America | Feb. 1, 2022

ACE Statement on Open Academic Inquiry (2022)

Florida Rejects A.P. African American Studies Class
The New York Times | Jan. 19, 2023

Will a Small, Quirky Florida College Become ‘DeSantis U’?
The Washington Post | Jan. 23, 2023

DeSantis Aims To Cut College Diversity Efforts; New College Ousts President
The Washington Post | Jan. 31, 2023

Education Issues Vault to Top of the G.O.P.’s Presidential Race
The New York Times | Feb. 2, 2023

Attempt to Defund UW Gender Studies Fails Again
Casper Star Tribune | Feb. 3, 2023