He also signed the Stop W.O.K.E. Act which codifies “an executive order previous signed by DeSantis that prohibited schools from teaching critical race theory in Florida.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the bill ending Disney’s self-governing district and special tax status. He also signed into law the Stop W.O.K.E Act and a new congressional map.
The bill eliminates all special benefit districts made before 1968 and has not been renewed.
The Florida Legislature formed Disney’s Reedy Creek Improvement District in 1967 near Orlando on 27,000 acres.
Disney complained about DeSantis’s parental rights bill that restricts sexual education instruction in grades K-3. Then videos emerged of Disney workers talking about a literal gay agenda to inject into children’s programming.
The Florida Senate passed the bill 23-16. The House passed it 70-38.
Desantis said: “You’re a corporation based in Burbank, California, and you’re gonna marshal your economic might to attack the parents of my state. We view that as a provocation, and we’re going to fight back against that.”
The Stop W.O.K.E. Act is the Stop Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees Act which “will give parents ‘private right of action’ to sue if they think their kids are being taught critical race theory” and “also allow parents to collect attorney fees if they are successful in their suit.”
House Bill 7, officially named Individual Freedom, but also known as the “Stop WOKE Act,” codified an executive order previous signed by DeSantis that prohibited schools from teaching critical race theory in Florida.
“We believe in education, not indoctrination,” DeSantis said. “We believe an important component of freedom in the state of Florida is the freedom from having oppressive ideologies imposed upon you without your consent, whether it be in the classroom, or whether it be in the workplace.”
The text and supporters of the bill said it was designed to expand Florida’s Civil Rights laws and protections. Critics have said the bill prevents pieces of history from being included in Florida’s curriculum.
“We are not going to use your tax dollars to teach your kids to hate this country or to hate each other,” DeSantis said. “We’re not going to tell a kindergartener that they’re an oppressor based on their race and what may have happened 100 or 200 years ago. And we’re not going to tell other kids that they’re oppressed based on their race.”
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