DeSantis proposes big changes for Florida’s higher education system, end to critical race theory

BRADENTON, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis is proposing sweeping new measures for Florida’s higher education system, including an end to critical race theory.


The governor outlined his ideas at the State College of Florida in Bradenton on Tuesday morning.

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He said Floridians want to see the state’s 28 colleges focus on academics and not, “political window dressing.”

One proposal builds on his decision to request spending data on diversity and critical race theory.

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DeSantis is also proposing new core courses for university students and empowering trustees and university presidents to call for a review of “tenured” professors at any time.

Rep. Anna Eskamani shared her disagreements with DeSantis on social media during the governor’s news conference.

“DeSantis’ targeting higher-ed will have economic impacts,” Eskamani said via her Twitter account. “You might not feel it now, but some of the best professors are already pulling job applicants away from Fl schools, others are plotting their exit. This impacts are workforce & ability to be competitive on a global scale.”

Channel 9 is looking over the new proposals and will provide updates on Eyewitness News.

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