Florida Outlaws What In Universities?
(FixThisNation.com) – A new Florida bill, House Bill 999, also known as the Public Postsecondary Education Institutions, would ban universities and colleges from promoting programs on campus focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Specifically, the bill states that colleges would stop receiving financial support if they have “any programs or campus activities that espouse diversity, equity, or inclusion or Critical Race Theory rhetoric.” This has led to many worries about Black fraternities and sororities being completely banned from the campuses of colleges in Florida.
State Sen. Shevrin Jones (D) told Jasmine Burney-Clark, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha and founder of Equal Ground Florida, during an Instagram live that the bill is “so vague that HBCUs or other institutions period who have Black fraternities and sororities on their campuses” might have to state that they will no longer be supporting those groups because of the law.
The bill passed Florida’s House on Monday and is set to be debated in the state Senate on Wednesday. The bill would also ban courses “based on unproven, theoretical, or exploratory content” as well as any majors in women’s studies or gender studies. Political filters would also be banned from the hiring process for these colleges.
The bill was introduced by Rep. Alex Andrade (R), who falls in love with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’s agenda to eliminate discussions of race, gender identity, and sexuality in schools. Despite this, DeSantis has not yet revealed whether he would be signing the bill if it passes through.
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