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Florida Senate Democrats Respond to the Governor Signing SB 266: Higher Education

From the press office of Florida Senate Democrats:

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, in response to the Governor signing SB 266: Higher Education, which in part bans funding of diversity, equity and inclusion programs at our state colleges and universities, several members of the Senate Democratic Caucus shared these statements:


Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book (D-Davie) said, “Once again, it’s freedom for me but not for thee. This new law will hurt our public universities – limiting freedom of thought and hurting the stability of university and college professors. Governor DeSantis is treating freedom of speech as an enemy, and the Legislature allowed his partisan politics to get in the way of initiatives that have progressed us as a nation to allow students from diverse backgrounds and experiences be included in places where historically they have not been accepted.” 

Senator Geraldine Thompson (D-Orlando) shared, “Florida may realize a brain drain as African-American students and professors make decisions about the type of climate they want to function in. The anti-DEI legislation projects an unwelcoming environment.” 

Senator Shevrin Jones (D-Miami Gardens) said, “As Governor DeSantis prepares to launch his looming presidential campaign, it’s no wonder he’s continuing to throw red meat to his base, all at the cost of representation and participation of millions of Floridians. Indoctrination drives the DeSantis Agenda – not because he is worried educators are indoctrinating students, but because they aren’t indoctrinating them with HIS ideology. This is sadly the latest example of government overreach into Florida classrooms as his administration continues its authoritarian assault on ideas and information.”

Senator Rosalind Osgood (D-Tamarac) responded, “We must allow for the teaching of diversity, equity and inclusion, especially at the college and university level if we are to continue to grow as a people. Otherwise we are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past.”

Senator Tracie Davis (D-Jacksonville) said, “History cannot be taught without context – the context is what makes these events significant. This bill undercuts education and whitewashes history by disregarding that history is complex and nuanced. To shrink history down to the letters on the page, refuse to acknowledge the existence of racism, sexism and oppression, and the chilling effect this will have on student organizations, particularly for already marginalized groups, is blatantly ignoring the fact that this is government overreach, trying to control how and what an adult learns in higher education.”

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State Senator Rosalind Osgood Responds to HB 1259-School Funding Passing in the Senate

From office of State Sen. Rosalind Osgood:

Tallahassee, FL – In response to HB 1259 – Education passing in the Senate today, Senator Rosalind Osgood (D-Tamarac) released the following statement:

“HB 1259 will cause great financial hardship on our traditional public schools. I support all schools, traditional, public, charter public and private schools. However, I believe we can fund educational opportunities in the State of Florida without taking money from one and giving it to the other.

Capital funds are neither collected nor spent on a per student basis but based on facility needs. This bill is regressive and problematic in many ways. HB 1259 will make it impossible for school districts to fund five-year facility plans required by State statute. School districts will not be able to meet debt obligations for new construction.

Broward County Schools will lose approximately $56,023,741 over the next five years. I encourage the Governor to veto this bill and allow a task force of Traditional Public School Superintendents and Charter School Operators to work together to propose a more fiscally appropriate solution.”