BOISE — On Friday morning the House Education Committee voted unanimously to introduce a bill to prohibit schools from teaching students about “racist or sexist concepts.” Any school violating this could be subject to a withholding of up to 10% of funding from the State Board of Education. Committee Democrats walked out of the hearing in a show of opposition. They did not participate in the vote.
The committee took place shortly before House members met to discuss recessing until April 6 due to concerns of a COVID-19 outbreak in the Statehouse. It was one of just two committees that chose to meet despite the looming recess.