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Florida college presidents condemn critical race theory

Will Brown
Jacksonville Today
Polk State College president Angela Garcia Falconetti, Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida State College at Jacksonville President John Avendano in July 2022.

The State Board of Education heard full-throated support this week for Gov. Ron DeSantis’ disdain for teaching critical race theory. It came from the presidents of the state’s 28 community and state colleges.

Speaking to the board on behalf of the presidents, Florida State College at Jacksonville President John Avendano said the colleges “will not fund or support an institutional practice, policy, or academic requirement that compels belief in critical race theory or related concepts such as intersectionality, or the idea that systems of oppression should be the primary lens through which teaching and learning are analyzed and/or improved upon.”

The presidents then pledged to remove “any institutional instruction, training, and policies” that fit that description by Feb. 1. Commissioner Diaz afterward released a statement: “Today’s bold statement by the Florida College System presidents shows their commitment to providing students with higher education opportunities that are free from indoctrination and woke ideology.”

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Claire joined WJCT as a reporter in August 2021. She was previously the local host of NPR's Morning Edition at WUOT in Knoxville, Tennessee. During her time in East Tennessee, her coverage of the COVID pandemic earned a Public Media Journalists’ Association award for investigative reporting. You can reach Claire at (904) 250-0926 or on Twitter @ClaireHeddles.