Not only is Gov. Ron DeSantis going after LGBT youth, he’s also going after tenured professors as well.
DeSantis recently signed the Postsecondary Education bill into law, which as he describes, holds higher education “accountable” by requiring tenured professors to undergo a review every five years, according to WPTV. It goes into effect July 1 of this year.
The United Faculty of Florida blasted DeSantis saying "playing political games with the futures of over a million of Florida’s students," WPTV reported.
"Tenure protects the right of faculty to teach and research honestly and accurately without the threat of politicians who would fire them for doing their jobs, and it protects the rights of students to learn about whatever interests them without being told by big government how to live their lives," UFF President Dr. Andrew Gothard said in a statement.
DeSantis defended the law saying "We need to make sure the faculty are held accountable and that they don't just have tenure forever without having any type of ways to hold them accountable or evaluate what they're doing.”
The governor claimed the goal of the legislation is to ensure productivity among professors and prevent them from indoctrinating students with their own biases, calling it the "most significant tenure reform" in the country,” WPTV reported.
"Tenure was there to protect people so that they could do ideas that maybe would cause them to lose their job or whatever — academic freedom," DeSantis said. "Now you're gonna be in a situation where, OK, if the productivity is not there, if you're not adding anything, then you can go your separate ways."
Until now, tenured faculty could only be fired for justifiable causes or severe misconduct.
"If we're paying an institution to guide me and expand my mind, should we not be able to hold that institution accountable?" said Taylor Walker, a Florida State University student who spoke at the news conference April 19. "When so many in this world, especially in academia, will put their own biased agendas over excellence, it's refreshing to see a government that applies standards to mitigate injustice."
According to Outgoing Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, professors often “inject” their personal opinions on two of his children in college.
"They'll tell me something that the professor said. And I'll say, that's just the most liberal, unfactual diatribe. Why didn't you say something? And they literally say, 'I want to get a good grade,'" Corcocan said. "That's a horrible institution. That's not free speech."
Gothard argued that all higher education faculty members already undergo a review process by their peers and employers, and the “only missing piece” in the equation is that they cannot be fired for political reasons.
"Gov. DeSantis made it clear that controlling the thoughts and actions of the higher education community is more important to him than the quality of education Florida's students receive," Gothard said.