Florida finally taking notice of conservative students

Friday, April 9, 2021
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

YAF free speech signYoung conservatives are encouraging Governor Ron DeSantis (R-Florida) to line-veto one troublesome part of a bill that is otherwise seen as a step toward a level playing field for college students.

Public universities in Florida would have to survey, protect, and promote political views on their campuses, according to the measure. As previously reported, the proposal comes as Republicans accuse universities across the nation of drowning out conservative students' voices.

"We think this bill is definitely a step in the right direction," says Kara Zupkus, assistant editor of campus news for Young America's Foundation (YAF). "We've heard so many first-hand accounts from conservative students who have had their voices drowned out either by administrators or by their fellow peers and different student governments, so we definitely think this is an important bill to kind of make sure the … playing field is leveled for the students."

YAF does, however, have one concern with the bill.

Zupkus

"That specifically is the part regarding the recordings from students," explains Zupkus. "They can't record video or audio and send that to different news outlets or different advocacy organizations like us if they are facing bias in the classroom."

Professors must consent to students publishing a lectured recording.

"We are a little worried that that will kind of allow faculty to push kind of an even greater amount of ideological bias in the classroom, given that we would not be able to expose these different instances of bias," says Zupkus, whose organization has seen an uptick in the usage of its Campus Bias Tip Line in various parts of the country. "We are encouraging our different YAF activists in Florida to reach out to Governor DeSantis just to kind of line-item veto that part of the bill specifically, because we do think that the rest of the bill is important, and we are glad that people are finally taking notice for conservative students."

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