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Florida maintains strong opposition to pro-Palestine campus protests


Florida Governor DeSantis Leads Charge Against Pro-Palestine Protests on Campus

Protests in support of Palestine have been growing on university campuses across the nation, but Florida has taken a different stance. Governor Ron DeSantis has been leading the charge against these demonstrations, with a top official stating that DeSantis personally directed the Florida Highway Patrol’s response to the protests.

During a press conference at the University of Florida, where protests have been ongoing for the past two weeks, DeSantis and other officials addressed the situation. Despite anti-war chants in the background, DeSantis criticized the protesters, claiming they lack an understanding of the region’s history. He also announced plans to allocate millions of dollars for security measures at Jewish day schools and historically Black colleges and universities.

Protesters, however, remain defiant and stated that they will not be intimidated by DeSantis’ actions. The clash between the governor’s administration and pro-Palestine activists continues to escalate on Florida campuses.

In other news, questions have arisen surrounding a significant donation pledged to Florida A&M University, which ultimately fell apart. Additionally, New College’s future remains uncertain a year after undergoing a state-led overhaul.

The State University System Board of Governors has approved Devin Stephenson as the next president of Florida Polytechnic University, while the Leon County school district is launching a new firefighter certification program in partnership with Tallahassee State College.

As tensions rise on university campuses in Florida, the debate over free speech, security measures, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to dominate the higher education landscape in the state.

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