Florida House OK’s college campus ‘viewpoint diversity’ measure

By: | March 19, 2021

A Republican-led effort promoting ideological diversity on college campuses won approval in the Florida House after sparking debate over intellectual freedom, free speech and liberal bias in the state’s public institutions of higher education.

Florida is among about a dozen states debating legislation over free speech on campuses, many of the measures pursued by Republicans concerned about conservative views being drowned out by liberal voices.

The measure would take stock of any bias by requiring colleges and universities to identify the prevailing political views on campuses statewide. The results of the surveys, the bill’s advocates said, would give a clearer picture of whether intellectual freedom on those campuses truly exists.

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