Florida Governor Ron DeSantis continues his fight against woke ideology in the state.
On Thursday, the Gateway Pundit reported that the DeSantis administration sent a letter to state colleges and universities asking them to make a list of programs and activities related to critical race theory and diversity.
On Friday, DeSantis announced the appointment of six conservative board members to the liberal New College of Florida.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced six conservative board members have been appointed to the liberal New College of Florida Friday — his latest broadside against so-called wokeness as he attempts to shape education policy in the state.
The announcement of the board members comes days after the potential presidential hopeful accused his states’ higher education institutions of imposing “trendy ideology” on their students.
The public liberal arts New College is governed by a 13 member board, six of which are chosen by the governor pending approval by the state senate.
The school — ranked fifth among the nation’s public universities by US News and World Report — is the state’s smallest, with fewer than 700 students.
DeSantis’ most controversial pick for the school’s board is right-wing activist and Manhattan Institute fellow Christopher Rufo.
I’m proud to announce that Gov. Ron DeSantis has appointed me to the Board of Trustees of the New College of Florida.
My ambition is to help the new board majority transform New College into a classical liberal arts institution.
We are recapturing higher education. pic.twitter.com/wu7OKRhzhM
— Christopher F. Rufo (@realchrisrufo) January 6, 2023
According to his bio at Manhattan Institute, Rufo:
Is a senior fellow and director of the initiative on critical race theory at Manhattan Institute. He is also a contributing editor of City Journal, where his writing explores a range of issues, including critical race theory, gender ideology, homelessness, addiction, crime, and the decline of American cities.”
“In recent years, Christopher has led the fight against critical race theory in American institutions. His research and activism inspired a presidential order and legislation in 15 states, where he has worked closely with lawmakers to craft successful public policy. As a filmmaker, Christopher has directed four documentaries for PBS, Netflix, and international television, including America Lost, which tells the story of three “forgotten American cities.”