The bill is the latest salvo in a debate over social justice instruction in the schools — a battle that has brought education budget bills to a standstill.
Some Republicans say the Protecting Critical Thinking in Higher Education Act, which gives students added grounds to sue colleges and professors, could be the linchpin to passing a higher ed budget.
The 18-17 vote kicks the controversial $6 million grant back to the House, which rejected an earlier version of the bill in March.
After the Senate killed a proposal earlier in the session, the election change is back by a different legislative maneuver.
“Idahoans are increasingly frustrated by the apparent lack of awareness and leadership coming from the state on these issues,” McGeachin said in a news release announcing the task force on school indoctrination.