“We never ask that question when someone’s hired: Are you a Republican, Democrat, or independent, or Green Party or socialist or any of that,” Mascher added. “And I think that would be clearly discriminatory.”
“The most disturbing aspect of Chelgren’s legislation […] is that it is outright fascist,” Rynard noted. “Republicans haven’t even spent two full months in power at the Iowa Statehouse and they’re already trying to impose a one-party rule in the state in perpetuity. You’re a registered Democrat? You’re banned from getting a job.”
A similar amendment in North Carolina, which would have required “ideological balance in faculty hiring,” was blocked earlier this month.
And the Iowa bill comes only a few weeks after the Republican-dominated legislature proposed ending tenure at state institutions and destroying collective bargaining rights in two previous bills, Inside Higher Ed notes.
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