On Tuesday (January 3), the first day of his second term, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) showed he wouldn’t be stepping away from his fight against progressive ideologies such as critical race theory.
The Florida Governor mandated that state college and university systems report their expenditure and the resources used for activities relating to topics critical race theory, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The revelation DeSantis would be continuing his fight against such ideologies infiltrating education came after DeSantis’s Press Secretary, Bryan Griffin, tweeted a copy of the memo dated December 28, 2022.
The DeSantis administration had sent the memo to Florida’s Education Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. and the state’s university system’s chancellor, Ray Rodrigues.
The memo explained that it was “important” for the administration to “have a full understanding of the operational expenses of state institutions,” as DeSantis was preparing “policy and budget proposals ahead of the 2023 legislative session.”
The memo also reveals January 13 as the due date for such reporting to occur.
According to the memo, institutions must give an account of their spending, including how much state funds they spend on programs and activities relating to the liberal policies.
The request comes as DeSantis is still battling a court case regarding the so-called “Stop WOKE Act” he signed in April.
The legislation bans state schools and universities from teaching critical race theory, in addition to any other subject that could make students feel they are responsible for historical wrongs based on their color, gender, race, or national background.