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Judge strikes down Iowa’s ban on Medicaid covering gender-affirming medical procedures

In 2019, the Iowa Supreme Court struck down a state regulation prohibiting Medicaid from covering gender-affirming procedures deemed medically necessary, finding it violated the Iowa Civil Rights Act (ICRA). Republicans in the state legislature responded by passing a statute intended […]

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Iowa’s ban on school mask mandates halted by federal judge

A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) on Monday afternoon that stops the Reynolds administration from enforcing its law prohibiting Iowa school districts from creating their own face mask mandates. “Iowa’s mask mandate ban makes it dangerous for […]

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‘It’s simply unacceptable’: U.S. Department of Education launches investigation of Iowa’s ban on mask mandates in schools

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has launched an investigation into whether Iowa’s prohibition on mandating face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 put students at risk in a way that violates their rights. “Specifically, […]

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Betty Jean Furgerson, a leader in civil rights, education and the arts, dies at age 91

Betty Jean Furgerson, a leading advocate for civil rights, education, the arts and public broadcasting, died last week at the age of 91. According to an obituary posted by Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery Funeral Home, Furgerson died peacefully on Aug. […]

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FasTrac’s annual tour of HBCUs and Civil Rights sites helps Iowa City students see the world differently

This year’s FasTrac tour of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and important sites associated with the Civil Rights movement will mark two important anniversaries. In addition to being the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., 2018 is also the 10th anniversary of the first FasTrac tour. […]

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