Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), running behind former President Donald Trump for the 2024 Republican nomination, just dropped a legal bomb on President Joe Biden's administration.
DeSantis announced that Florida is suing the Biden administration for threatening to hamstring Florida education simply because the governor has taken a stand against the Democrats' "woke" agenda for Florida students.
The governor announced the legal action in a lengthy statement last week, emphasizing that he refuses to back down in protecting students in his state from radical indoctrination.
BREAKING: DeSantis announces he has filed a lawsuit against the Biden admin and the DOE for allowing unelected boards to wield power over education funding in Florida:
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"Throughout Governor DeSantis’ time in office, Florida has ranked number one in the nation for higher education, yet the U.S. Department of Education has unconstitutionally collaborated with accreditation bodies to try to block the Governor’s efforts to bring increased transparency and accountability to public colleges and universities," the statement read.
The statement added: "This lawsuit seeks to strip private, unaccountable accreditors of their authority to stand in the way of Florida’s higher education reforms."
It also included several recent quotes from the governor regarding the issue.
"I will not allow Joe Biden’s Department of Education to defund America’s #1 higher education system all because we refuse to bow to unaccountable accreditors who think they should run Florida’s public universities," said DeSantis.
"Throughout my time in office, I have made it a priority to bring transparency and accountability to higher education and to reorient the mission of our colleges and universities away from purveying destructive ideologies and back toward the pursuit of truth and the preparation of our students for success. The Biden administration’s attempts to block these reforms is an abuse of federal power, and with this lawsuit, we will ensure that Florida’s pursuit of educational excellence will continue."
Attorney General Ashley Moody, who joined the governor in announcing the lawsuit, praised him for taking a stand on the education issue.
"For too long, private academic accreditors have been holding our colleges and universities hostage," Moody said.
She added, "Thanks to the fearless leadership of Governor DeSantis, we are fighting to take back our public postsecondary education system from unelected private organizations that have no accountability or oversight."
The governor's office stated that it will not allow public colleges and universities to be "held hostage" by the U.S. government.
Only time will tell if DeSantis emerges victorious in his fight to protect his state's education system.