Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill on Tuesday that will require all high schools in the state to teach students about the evils of communist and totalitarian governments.
DeSantis also signed two other bills that will aim to protect free speech at state universities and the other deals with civics education.
DeSantis joined Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Tuesday night to discuss the three bills he signed and why he believes they are vital.
“Well, I put in a civics requirement in 2019 for high schools,” DeSantis began.
“We’re expanding that to include discussions of the evils of communism and totalitarianism, and then also we’re creating a Patriot Museum, Patriot Library, where we have stories of Floridians who fled from communist regimes, from Cuba, from Nicaragua, from Venezuela, and beyond,” he added.
“So this will show the effect that these bad policies had on people’s freedoms, livelihoods, and their families — many of them in south Florida, for example, lost family members to communism. I think it’s important that we get this in the classroom and provide an honest assessment of what this totalitarian ideology has done for the last hundred plus years,” he said.
Earlier on Tuesday, DeSantis said students need to be taught that communist and totalitarian governments are evil.
“Why would somebody flee across shark-infested waters, say leaving from Cuba, to come to southern Florida? Why would somebody leave a place like Vietnam? Why would people leave these countries and risk their lives to be able to come here? It’s important that students understand that,” DeSantis said.
“It used be thought that a university campus was a place where you’d be exposed to a lot of different ideas. Unfortunately now, the norm is really these are more intellectually repressive environments,” DeSantis said. “You have orthodoxies that are promoted and other viewpoints are shunned, or even suppressed. We don’t want that in Florida.”
On Tuesday evening, the governor’s office released a list of 44 other bills DeSantis signed. The new laws will:
— Require child care facilities to install alarms in vans that transport children to ensure the driver doesn’t leave any in the vehicle.
— Create a rare disease advisory council to make recommendations to improve the health of people who have diseases that affect fewer than 200,000 people in the United States.
— Raise the interest rate for construction services when payment is wrongfully withheld.
— Require local governments to provide three years notice to private solid waste companies if they plan to replace them. Governments would also have to pay the company an amount equal to the companies’ last 18 months of gross receipts.
— Make it a third-degree felony to falsify information, or to withhold material facts, on a license application to become a substance abuse service provider.
— Require licenses for genetic counselors.
— Increase payments to parents whose infant suffers a birth-related neurological injury from $100,000 to $250,000.
— Create a list of teachers and school administrators who have engaged in sexual misconduct with students in order to prevent another district from hiring them.
— Prohibit seclusion of students with disabilities and ban the use of restraints for punishment.
— Require first add training, including CPR, for students in grades 9-11.
— Allow massage therapists to use their knees during treatment.
— Require domestic violence centers to provide nonresident outreach programs.
— Create the Task Force on Closing the Achievement Gap for Boys.
— Keep parents who are sex offenders from entering into time-sharing agree with the other parent unless a judge approves.