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Ideological commitments and academic freedom at UMD

The University of Maryland’s public policy school “is apparently about to require faculty members to add a statement to their syllabus” avowing a series of deeply ideological commitments on topics ranging from “anti-racism” to Indian land acknowledgments. It will also impose rules about how classroom discussions and materials must treat topics related to diversity. Both policies are inconsistent with principles of academic freedom, notes Eugene Volokh.

As a public institution, UMD comes under First Amendment constraints that a private educational institution would not face, and it is likely that some of the new rules overstep those First Amendment prohibitions as well. You can read more about the proposals here.

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In miniature, November 19

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In miniature, September 20

  • Earlier this month the Washington Post ran my letter to the editor about how if Maryland exempted much or even all retirement income from its income tax, its tax structure would still not be a particularly radical or outlying one; the Post had blasted GOP candidate Larry Hogan for an off-the-cuff suggestion. More background here and here;
  • Dems unhappy at Hogan for not running on social issues [Washington Post]
  • In progress, Sept. 19-21: “Gerrymander Meander” run along 225-mile circuitous route to call attention to outrageously drawn Maryland electoral districts [Baltimore Post-Examiner]
  • U. of Maryland police got armored truck, other military surplus through Pentagon’s 1033 program [The Diamondback] Uncritical look at what Frederick city and county got from program [Paige Jones, Frederick News-Post; my two cents in the FNP and more]
  • The gang that couldn’t malign straight: Howard County Dems keep getting Allan Kittleman’s record wrong [Len Lazarick]
  • “Maryland’s economy had no growth in 2013, ranking 49th in U.S.” [Baltimore Business Journal]

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In miniature, July 19

  • Rasmussen has Anthony Brown 13 points up on Larry Hogan, not actually impressive right after Brown’s multi-million primary ad buy;
  • When lawmakers here voted to hike cigarette taxes high above those of nearby states, many appeared to think the social costs of developing a large bootleg-cigarette sector no big deal. But they are [includes disturbing video of death in police custody]
  • “Peroutka donates $1M dinosaur skeleton to Creation Museum” [Capital Gazette, more on the Anne Arundel council candidate]
  • Is ours the most speech-hostile delegation in the country? Democratic Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin and Reps. Donna Edwards, John Sarbanes (and don’t forget Chris Van Hollen) take lead in attempt to roll back First Amendment protections for campaign speech [Mark Newgent]
  • Prof. Mark Graber reports on sexual harassment training at the University of Maryland [Balkinization]
  • “Maryland Tested Kids on Material It No Longer Teaches, Guess What Happened?” [Robby Soave, Reason]

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