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Florida orders universities to account of how money is spend on diversity, critical race theory

State law mandates “dutiful attention to curriculum content,” governor’s office says.

Published: January 5, 2023 2:47pm

Updated: January 5, 2023 2:55pm

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis this week announced that public institutions of higher education in the state will be required to detail the total amount they spend on programs and initiatives related to diversity and "critical race theory." 

The governor's office said in a press release that “each Florida College System and State University System institution ”will be required “to provide a comprehensive list of all staff, programs, and campus activities related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and critical race theory.”

Schools will have to provide descriptions of said programs, “positions, including full and partial FTE” that staff the programs, “total funding” spent on them, and the amount of that funding that comes from the state.

Schools have until Jan. 13 to collect the data and submit it to the governor's office. 

“I appreciate your assistance in this matter as we continue to work to provide our students with a world-class higher education,” state Office of Policy and Budget Director Chris Spencer wrote in the release.

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