Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Signs Bill Protecting Freedom of Speech at State Universities

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed a new bill Tuesday aimed at protecting freedom of expression, including religious beliefs, at state universities.

Under House Bill 233, school leadership can’t “shield” students, faculty, or staff from free speech protected under the First Amendment.

DeSantis also challenged the way colleges conduct debate and teach problem-solving, adding that many students return home “indoctrinated.”

“It used to be thought that a university campus was a place where you’d be exposed to a lot of different ideas,” DeSantis said. “Unfortunately, now the norm is really these are more intellectually repressive environments.”

And the Florida Board of Education will now require colleges to survey students every year and assess “the intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity” at each institution.

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SOURCE: CBN News, Andrea Morris

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