Six California community college professors are suing to block the state system’s new diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility rules governing faculty performance evaluations.
“The rules regulate what professors teach in the classroom,” plaintiffs’ counsel Daniel Ortner told The College Fix. “They are intended to alter curriculum and to introduce DEIA and anti-racism principles into what is taught.”
“California Community Colleges’ new [DEIA] rules force professors to endorse the government’s view on politically charged questions regarding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility,” the complaint alleged.
The six professors, including Madera College Chemistry Professor Linda De Morales and Reedley College Chemistry Professor Bill Blanken (pictured), claimed the DEIA rules violate the First Amendment by prohibiting or compelling speech.