- Obama shortens sentence of inmate from Cape (1/19/17)9
- Two subjects of interest in 1992 homicide to take polygraph tests (1/15/17)8
- Business notebook: Jackson salon owner also opens a clothing store (1/16/17)
- Area hospitals hope a box helps prevent infant deaths (1/19/17)6
- Cape SportsPlex contractor offers a look at the project (1/15/17)14
- Meat-processing plant faces $70K penalty for Clean Water Act violations (1/17/17)4
- Southeast to lose $3.5 million from state in budget cuts (1/18/17)21
- Local students to perform with choir at inauguration (1/19/17)3
- Subjects of interest in 1992 killing take polygraph tests; results not revealed (1/18/17)2
- Governor cuts $146 million, colleges take hit (1/17/17)
Bill's purpose is to protect students
To the editor:I would like respond to several recently published articles which misrepresent House bill 213.
Sources quoted in the articles claim that HB 213 is bad legislation and poor governance, claiming that HB 213 creates a situation where the state will be given power equal to that enjoyed by the leaders of the Salem witch hunt, Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin. They argue that if HB 213 becomes law, the legislature would be granted extensive power over the higher-education curriculum and the majority political party would presumably use HB 213 as a tool to begin crafting an educational agenda that reflects its ideology as a means to indoctrinate students to that ideology.
HB 213 gives no more authority to legislators than already exists. HB 213 does not dictate curriculum. HB 213 does not monitor what and how professors teach in the classroom. Nor does HB 213 cost colleges any money.
HB 213 requires publicly funded colleges to report on steps taken to ensure intellectual diversity. Most colleges claim to already have effective intellectual diversity policies. However, the General Assembly, within its oversight powers, wants to know what those policies are and why they are effective.
The goal of HB 213 is to send a message that protecting students' viewpoints is an important state function. And if the protection of diverse viewpoints in democracy is not vital, then I don't know what is.
JEREMY HAGEN, Executive Director, Missouri College Republicans, Missouri State University, Springfield, Mo.