The days of woke, left-wing college professors being able to indoctrinate or intimidate their students without fear of correction, retribution, or criticism may be coming to an end, at least in Florida.
This week, the state Board of Governors, which oversees the 12 public schools in the State University System, will consider a rule that would make violations of Florida’s Stop Woke Act a factor in whether they continue to be tenured, according to the News Service of Florida.
The Stop Woke Act is intended to halt woke instruction on campuses and in the workplace that demonizes whites, such as Critical Race Theory.
At least for the education portion, a teacher can violate the law by instructing students that members of one racial group bear “responsibility for, or should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment because of, actions committed in the past by other members of the same race, color, national origin or sex.”
It also prohibits lessons that cause students to “feel guilt, anguish or other forms of psychological distress because of actions, in which the person played no part, committed in the past by other members of the same race, color, national origin or sex.”
As the NSF reported, a separate law signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis earlier this year creates a process for tenured profs to face a “comprehensive post-tenure” review every five years.
According to the American Association of University Professors, tenure began in 1940 as a way to protect academic freedom and free speech. As a policy, it essentially guarantees lifetime employment, since tenure equates to “an indefinite appointment that can be terminated only for cause or under extraordinary circumstances such as financial exigency and program discontinuation.”
On Thursday, the Board of Governors will weigh a plan that would make “any violation” of the Stop Woke Act one of seven criteria for consideration in the post-tenure review.
College professors would garner a “performance rating,” drafted by deans and submitted to the universities’ chief academic officers.
“For each faculty member who receives a final performance rating of ‘does not meet expectations,’ the appropriate college dean, in consultation with the faculty member’s department chair, shall propose a performance improvement plan to the chief academic officer,” the board’s proposal says.
Any professor who receives an improvement plan has a year to comply with its requirements.
Any faculty member whose final performance rating is unsatisfactory “shall receive a notice of termination from the chief academic officer,” the proposal states.