Florida’s governor, Republican Ron DeSantis, signed a bill Monday that eliminates funding for studies on racial diversity, equity and inclusion at this state’s public universities to “promote,” the regulation says. A dangerous activism political and social.
The governor signed SB 266, which seeks to end the teaching of DEI (diversity, equality and inclusion) courses, as well as two others on education, at the New College of Florida, Sarasota, the university where a new conservative- Tilt’s board of directors was formed earlier this year.
“If you look at the way it is implemented across the country, DEI is seen as standing for discrimination, exclusion, indoctrination, and it has no place in our public institutions,” DeSantis said , who is expected at any moment to make official his intention to run for the US presidency as a nominee of the Republican Party.
“In fact, the DEI tries to impose conservatism and has used it as a facade to promote an ideological agenda, and this is wrong,” the governor delved into a press conference at the university, in which The new board, elected with DeSantis’ blessing, abolished these courses and fired the dean of these programs.
The rule stipulates that state universities review any teaching discipline “based on the principles that racism, sexism, and systemic privilege are inherent in the institutions of the United States and were created to perpetuate social, political, and economic inequalities.” “
DeSantis signed two other legislative initiatives today, which, like the previous one, were approved in the last session of Congress, and which, among other things, allow Florida universities to sign up students, professors or staff and take courses on the DEI. refrain from offering their support. Other “ideological agenda”.
Democratic Congresswoman Anna Escamoni, the first representative of Iranian descent in the Florida Legislature, recalled that SB 266 is based on another bill enacted last year that has been blocked by a federal judge, upheld by a court of appeals.
“This is a devastating law that targets diverse students like me and our ability to thrive in institutions of higher education. It also suppresses academic freedom and infuses conservative political conservatism into the classroom. But said it politicizes higher education and curtails freedom of expression.
According to the local Sarasota Herald-Tribune, a group of university students protested outside where the three laws were signed.