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A preliminary release of results from Florida’s survey of critical race theory (CRT) and diversity, equity, and inclusion, (CRT) programs in state-run colleges and universities has revealed millions of dollars of taxpayer funds being funneled to these programs.
The preliminary results came in response to a letter sent by Governor Ron DeSantis’ office to Florida Department of Education Commissioner Manny Diaz and State University System of Florida Chancellor Ray Rodrigues requesting that each Florida College System and State University System institution unveil staff, programs, and campus activities related to DEI and CRT.
This survey of programs has revealed that those in high-ranking DEI positions are paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds annually. The Chief Diversity Officer and related support staff at the University of Florida are paid over $750,000 per year. The University of Central Florida Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and their assistant are paid a combined $445,000 per year.
Additionally, the survey revealed numerous centers and offices in Florida’s institutions of higher education costing millions of dollars in taxpayer funds. This includes the Center for Environment Equity and Justice at Florida A&M University, which costs $1.8 million per year, the Diversity and Inclusion Office at the University of South Florida, which costs over $1.1 million per year, and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Florida International University, which costs over $1 million per year.
The schools apparently underreported programs on their campuses, with the University of Florida omitting their Youth Gender program from their survey response.
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