NEWS BRIEFS: Alabama Senate Approves Bill Banning Public Funding of DEI Programs, Birmingham Mayor Speaks Out Against the Move

From the Alabama Reflector: “The Alabama Senate Thursday approved a bill that would ban the public funding of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives and leave teachers or employees who use “divisive concepts” subject to potential termination. The 26-7 party-line vote came after an hours-long filibuster from Democratic senators, who managed to get amendments to the bill.

In response, “Randall Woodfin, the mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, said on social media that if state lawmakers passed a bill barring diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs in the state’s public schools and universities, he would encourage parents of minority student-athletes to select colleges in states “where diversity and inclusion are prioritized.”

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