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Idaho Ed News fails again, misses key questions about universities ignoring cuts to social justice spending

Idaho Ed News fails again, misses key questions about universities ignoring cuts to social justice spending

Emri Moore
August 27, 2021
Emri Moore
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August 27, 2021

True to form, Idaho Ed News left out important details in its story about Boise State University President Marlene Tromp’s presentation that welcomed staff and students for the fall 2021 semester. 

Writer and blogger Kevin Richert wrote that Tromp sidestepped talking about politics and focused on what Boise State University (BSU) has achieved during the pandemic. But where politics were involved, Richert said, Tromp introduced five Idaho legislators in attendance, including Sen. Carl Crabtree, R-Grangeville. 

Richert wrote, “Crabtree, a member of the budget-writing Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, played a pivotal role in passing a higher education budget that cut $1.5 million from Boise State, and $500,000 apiece from the University of Idaho and Idaho State University.”

That’s only part of the story. There’s no denying that the Legislature voted to cut $2.5 million from the social justice programs at BSU, Idaho State University, and University of Idaho. But Richert deceived his readers because he failed to mention that the universities decided to ignore the cuts and leave those social justice programs intact. He also left out that the schools received nearly $33 million from COVID relief funds. 

Richert wrote, “Crabtree said the cuts were designed to ‘send a message’ about left-leaning social justice programs; they angered higher education advocates but also disappointed hardline conservatives seeking deeper cuts.”

Richert’s shoddy reporting paints Crabtree as something of an energized crusader in the war over the social justice takeover on campus. Such a portrayal is untrue. Crabtree is a reluctant cutter. Consider his first bill, which diverted a mere $409,000 in social justice spending from the higher education budget at BSU to Lewis-Clark State College. Redirected dollars aside, Crabtree’s spending plan also allowed the universities to continue spending tens of millions on social justice programs and initiatives. 

Crabtree’s bill was an inadequate attempt to corral social justice spending on campuses. A conservative warrior would have recognized that. Crabtree didn’t, House members did. After the Senate passed Crabtree’s inadequate bill, the House killed the measure on a 57-13 vote. That vote forced Crabtree and his fellow budget committee members to cut deeper into the higher education budget. Eventually, committee members settled on the $2.5 million reduction that is being side-stepped by the universities 

A decent reporter might ask Crabtree if he’s satisfied with the universities ignoring the Legislature’s decision to cut social justice programs. One might ask Crabtree what he plans to do next legislative session to address the schools’ recalcitrance and open defiance of lawmakers. Instead, Richert paints a picture intended to make it look as if the issue is all in the past, with Tromp and Crabtree, former adversaries, now content to appear together at her school’s opening festivities. But it’s not even close to the truth.

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  • KJ says:

    So we have this administrator who loves BLM and LGBT, along with the critical race garbage inspires me to ask the question: What motivates these people? Especially the press who at this time like most is absolutely clueless.

    Watch this video of a teacher in Kalifornia who openly admits he and his wife indoctrinate children to be revolutionaries.


  • KJ says:

    Here is something that all the parents of Idaho may love:
    Elitist School Boards have implemented policies and curricula that go against parent values and wishes, like mask mandates and CRT. This has lead to hotly contested meetings because parents are fed up with being ignored. But now parents have a weapon of their own to take back control!

    The Government Integrity Project (GIP) has uncovered laws that give parents legal authority to mandate THEIR wishes and decisions are implemented!

    No more pleading with school board members about masks… or CRT… or DEI/J… or any other decisions that are being made against your will. Mandate what you want your school board to do via a voter-approved petition – and they have to do it!


    • WB says:

      So if I'm reading this right, I can also use these laws to force school boards to enforce mask requirements in school?!? Protecting our childern from the the unclean and unvaccinated should be every parents priority. Idaho's youths matter! Thanks for the information!

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