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Capitol bill aims to control ?leftist? profs
THE LAW COULD LET STUDENTS SUE FOR UNTOLERATED BELIEFS.
By JAMES VANLANDINGHAM
Alligator Staff Writer
TALLAHASSEE ? Republicans on the House Choice and Innovation Committee
voted along party lines Tuesday to pass a bill that aims to stamp out
?leftist totalitarianism? by ?dictator professors? in the classrooms
of Florida?s universities.
The Academic Freedom Bill of Rights, sponsored by Rep. Dennis Baxley,
R-Ocala, passed 8-to-2 despite strenuous objections from the only two
Democrats on the committee....
The bill sets a statewide standard that students cannot be punished
for professing beliefs with which their professors
disagree. Professors would also be advised to teach alternative
?serious academic theories? that may disagree with their personal
According to a legislative staff analysis of the bill, the law would
give students who think their beliefs are not being respected legal
standing to sue professors and universities.
Students who believe their professor is singling them out for ?public
ridicule? ? for instance, when professors use the Socratic method to
force students to explain their theories in class ? would also be
given the right to sue....
In an interview before the meeting, Baxley said ?arrogant, elitist
academics are swarming? to oppose the bill, and media reports
misrepresented his intentions....