“I don’t like the fact they are rigging debate there.”
Representative Jim Walsh of Washington State has a plan to make Evergreen State a little less radical. Will it work?
My Northwest reports:
Lawmaker wants to approach Evergreen with ‘carrot and stick’
A Washington state lawmaker is promoting legislation in response to Evergreen State College’s controversial spring quarter. If passed, it would not only impact Evergreen’s campus but universities across the state.
“I think that with a carrot and a stick we can get good reform at Evergreen State,” Representative Jim Walsh told KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson.
Walsh is sponsoring HB 2223, which requires Washington’s colleges to adopt policies of free speech and anti-student-on-student harassment. It’s a response, he says, to Evergreen State College’s lack of true diversity.
“I’m glad we have a diversity of left-wing opinion in our colleges,” Walsh said. “I don’t mind that Evergreen exists and is here. But they have to commit to true, open debate. I don’t mind we have a left-wing institution here, as long as they engage honestly.”
“I look at the administration here, it’s not just the profs; they are loading the dice, they are stacking the deck so it’s not a fair exchange of ideas on our campus,” he said. “The fact that it’s a so-called ‘hippy school,’ I don’t mind that. But I don’t like the fact they are rigging debate there.”
The digest of HB 2223 states:
Requires each governing board of an institution of higher education to adopt a policy that affirms certain principles of free speech, which are the public policy of this state.
Requires the policy to be made available to students and faculty annually.
Requires each institution of higher education, with respect to disciplining students for their speech, expression, or assemblies, to adopt a policy on “student-on-student harassment” which is defined as unwelcome conduct directed toward a person that is discriminatory on a basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law, and that is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively bars the victim’s access to an educational opportunity or benefit.
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