DeSantis Cracks Whip, Orders Every FL University to Detail Money Spent on ‘Woke’ Training and Critical Race Theory

Just one day after starting his second term as governor, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has cracked the whip on the “woke” agenda of Florida’s universities.

DeSantis has ordered every state university system to report a breakdown of money spent on any campus activities related to “diversity, equity, and inclusion” training and Critical Race Theory (CRT).

DeSantis sent a letter to each college demanding they detail how much money has been invested in the divisive programs.

The governor’s office wrote:

“As the Executive Office of the Governor prepares policy and budget proposals ahead of the 2023 Legislative Session, it is important that we have a full understanding of the operational expenses of state institutions.

“Governor Ron DeSantis has prioritized a cost-effective higher education system that delivers high-quality service to Floridians to best prepare them for employment.

“Additionally, state law requires dutiful attention to curriculum content at our higher education systems as specified in sections 1000.05 and 1007.25 of the Florida Statutes.

“Each Florida College System and State University System institution must complete the attached document to provide a comprehensive list of all staff, programs, and campus activities related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and critical race theory.”

As part of this DeSantis’ request, each institution must detail the below costs associated with the administration of each program or activity:

  • Brief description of the program or activity
  • Positions, including full and partial FTE
  • Total funding spent to support the initiative
  • Of the total spent to support the initiative, the amount that is state-funded

“Please collect and submit all institutions’ responses no later than Friday, January 13, 2023,” the letter said.

“Responses from each institution should be aggregated by your respective offices and submitted together to the Executive Office of the Governor Office of Policy and Budget.”

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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