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DeSantis announces ‘Stop WOKE Act’ bill that would let parents sue over critical race theory

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the Stop WOKE Act bill with a speech in The Villages. Image: Florida Channel

Conflating equity training with critical race theory, Governor Ron DeSantis announced a bill called the Stop WOKE Act Wednesday in The Villages.

The governor plans to make this hot-button political issue a “big part” of the legislative session starting in January.

DeSantis wants to codify in law his ban on K-12 schools teaching critical race theory.

The longstanding academic framework — which isn’t taught in the schools — holds that racism is systemic in U.S. history.

DeSantis wants to let parents sue if they think the theory is being taught.

And he wants to go even further, banning equity training for school staff and making it a civil rights violation for private companies to use the training.

“And,” he said, “it really has become something that is being utilized by corporate America to, I think, create hostile work environments for many of their employees.”

Typical diversity, equity and inclusion programs strive to make the workplace fair, accepting of differences and welcoming for everyone.


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Joe Byrnes came to WMFE/WMFV from the Ocala Star-Banner and The Gainesville Sun, where he worked as a reporter and editor for several years. Joe graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans and turned to journalism after teaching. He enjoys freshwater fishing and family gatherings.