New College group challenges Florida law on the grounds of free speech

A group consisting of professors and students from New College of Florida has filed a lawsuit against the institution’s trustees and the Florida university system’s board of governors.

The lawsuit stems from a recent Florida state law that places restrictions on the topics that can be taught in public colleges. Enacted in May, the law prohibits the teaching of certain subjects, particularly those that discuss concepts such as inherent systemic racism, sexism, oppression, and privilege within the United States’ institutions, which are believed to perpetuate social, political, and economic inequalities. The coalition behind the lawsuit asserts that this law has had a chilling effect on free speech within public campuses and constitutes an infringement on individual rights.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit include professors and students affiliated with New College of Florida. They contend that the state’s imposition on curriculum content not only suppresses open discourse but also obstructs a comprehensive understanding of complex societal issues.

This is the latest in a series of legal challenges to Florida’s new curriculum mandates.

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