The State Board of Governors just handed Ron DeSantis a major victory over the woke agenda in Florida’s public universities

Jan 26, 2024

Ron DeSantis showed Republicans how to fight the radical Left’s stranglehold over our educational system.

He is forcing schools in Florida to prioritize education over indoctrination.

And the State Board of Governors just handed Ron DeSantis a major victory over the woke agenda in Florida’s public universities.

Governor Ron DeSantis announced a series of education proposals last January designed to make sure Florida’s universities are dedicated to the pursuit of truth instead of woke political indoctrination.

“All DEI and CRT bureaucracies in the state of Florida – no funding, and that will wither on the vine,” DeSantis said at the time.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs are Marxist in nature and focus solely on the race and gender identity politics of the radical Left.

In recent years, DEI programs have become the Left’s favorite method of forcing their woke agenda on colleges, universities, and even corporate America.

And now one year after DeSantis promised to make DEI programs “wither on the vine,” the Florida Board of Governors approved a regulation on Wednesday that prohibits taxpayer dollars from being spent on DEI programs.

Another regulation the Board approved replaces a woke sociology course with a real American history class.

“I am proud of the Board’s decision today and look forward to the positive impact the addition of this course will have on our students’ and their future success,” Chancellor Ray Rodrigues said. “Florida’s students of our State University System will have the opportunity to learn about the creation and development of our nation as part of the core course options.”

DeSantis is continuing to deliver on his promise to make Florida be “where woke goes to die.”

In his recent State of the State Address, DeSantis mentioned the importance of academic excellence over woke indoctrination.

DeSantis pointed out that DEI really “stands for discrimination, exclusion and indoctrination – and it has no place in our public universities.”

“In Florida, our universities must be dedicated to the pursuit of truth, the promotion of academic rigor and integrity, and the preparation of students to be citizens of our republic,” he said. “We reject the modern trend of universities that subordinate high academic standards in favor of promoting an ideological agenda,” he continued. “To this end, we have eliminated so-called DEI from our public universities.” 

DeSantis Press Secretary Bryan Griffin called on GOP officials in other states to follow DeSantis’ lead in taking back control of education from the woke Left.

“This is the way to take back academia from the extremists,” he wrote on social media. “Other states should follow @RonDeSantis’ lead in Florida and prohibit taxpayer dollars from funding any portion of the leftist indoctrination curriculum known as DEI.”

DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.

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