(ConservativeJournal.org) – On Monday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed new legislation that would ban state funding from being used in state colleges for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs.
SB 266, was signed by DeSantis on the campus of New College of Florida, an institution that has in the last year faced significant changes. In January, Florida Education Commissioner Manny Diaz had said about New College of Florida that they were hoping the state university to be transformed and be more like a “Hillsdale of the South.” DeSantis has also touted his efforts with changing the college.
The new legislation would not only prohibit public universities from using state funding for DEI programs, but it would also provide university presidents with more control over hiring practices. This is DeSantis’s latest attempt to fight against what he has called “woke” influences on education. Previously he has passed bills that provide more parental control over their children’s education in elementary, middle, and high school
DeSantis has stated that New College of Florida was going to work as a template for all the educational reforms they wanted to bring to the state’s public universities. He has further claimed that his efforts to move away from DEI and CRT in the college have led to faculty from across the U.S. wanting to work there.
As he pointed out there is a lot of interest for faculty members to join the college, and that this is in part because they have realized that there is “this whole framework has been very intellectually oppressive.”
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