The controversial rule outlining certain standards for Utah’s public school teachers, including how to address race issues in the classroom, has been revamped and renamed.
The measure, R277-328, had been the focus of a repeal push by some Utah Board of Education members. But it survived a marathon review session by the body at a meeting late last week and remains on the books, though in an overhauled fashion.
What had been called the Educational Equity in Schools rule—drawing the ire of conservatives critical of the notion of striving for “equity”—is now called the Equal Opportunities in Education rule. Among other changes, the phrase “educational equity” has been removed from the new version of R277-328 and wording has been tweaked with regard to the approach teachers are to take in the classroom in dealing with students and their needs.