Five state senators call for investigation of Nebraska Department of Education – Nebraska Examiner

by | Oct 17, 2022 | Education

LINCOLN — Three weeks before an election in which concerns about education could motivate Republican turnout, five conservative state senators called Monday for a legislative investigation into the Nebraska Department of Education. 
The senators said one of their staffers found a link in June to a New York University center for culturally responsive education on “Launch Nebraska,” a state Department of Education website built for schools reopening during the pandemic. Two or three clicks into the NYU website, they found a document defending critical race theory and discussing racial justice. The document, however, was never directly accessible on the state’s website.
The Nebraska Department of Education website that five state senators objected to Monday. Until June the site had linked to a New York University center where a legislative staffer found the material. (Screenshot)
State Sens. Dave Murman of Glenvil, Steve Erdman of Bayard, Robert Clements of Elmwood, Steve Halloran of Hastings and Myron Dorn of Adams said they want the Legislature’s Education Committee to investigate who shared the link and what else was shared. They also said they want to know who might have promoted a new sex education curriculum.
“After a year of operation, ‘Launch Nebraska’ posted left-wing agenda items completely foreign to Nebraska public schools before the pandemic…,” Murman said. “Now we’ve uncovered documents that show unequivocally, unequivocally that the department has also been promoting critical race theory.”
Erdman said the department needs to be reined in.
Nebraska Department of Education spokesman David Jespersen said the agency removed the link to the NYU center back in June, after Gov. Pete …

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