Calling it a “positively dystopian” law, a federal judge Thursday blocked Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ legislative effort to ban critical race theory in its state university system.
“The law officially bans professors from expressing disfavored viewpoints in university classrooms while permitting unfettered expression of the opposite viewpoints,” said U.S. District Chief Judge Mark Walker of the Northern District of Florida in the Thursday morning opinion striking the April 2022 law that DeSantis’ put at the top of his political platform. “Defendants argue that, under this act, professors enjoy ‘academic freedom’ so long as they express only those viewpoints of which the state approves.”
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