A federal judge has determined that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ administration did not break a court order regarding the state’s “Stop WOKE Act,” which prohibits colleges from promoting critical race theory lessons and other “woke” concepts.
According to Fox News, the law, known as the “Stop Wrongs To Our Kids and Employees Act,” was challenged by plaintiffs who argued the administration failed to comply with a preliminary injunction that prevents the enforcement of some parts of the law. However, U.S. District Judge Mark E. Walker ruled that there had been no violation of the injunction. In the ruling, he wrote, “Although this court would not hesitate to compel compliance with its preliminary injunction, this court finds there has been no violation of the injunction at this time.”
The act was signed into law by DeSantis in April 2021 and has been criticized by professors and students in the state who argue that it infringes on First Amendment rights. Leah Watson of the American Civil Liberties Union stated, “We remain concerned that this directive from the Executive Office of the Governor is a thinly veiled attempt to circumvent the restrictions of the preliminary injunction by eliminating funding for valuable instruction on systemic racism and sexism. She added, “We will continue to monitor for enforcement of the unconstitutional provisions of the Stop W.O.K.E. Act and will seek to enforce the court’s preliminary injunction.”
A representative for Desantis explained, “the governor, as chief executive of the state, has every right to ask how public dollars are being spent by public state entities, like state colleges and universities. In fact, that is good government.”
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