The Florida Stop Wake Act যার whose goal is to prevent “divisive ideas” from teaching — survived a legal challenge Monday that sought to prevent the controversial law from taking effect tomorrow.
The measure, passed earlier this year, aims to crack down on topics such as critical race theory, a once vague academic concept that is not taught in public K-12 schools is still as big as the conservative buggyman. Florida Gov. Ron Descentis claims the law protects residents from “discrimination and vigilante instincts.”
According to Jacksonville.com, a U.S. district court judge rejected an initial restraining order brought by a group of plaintiffs, saying they lacked a position, although the judge ordered attorneys to submit additional legal summaries for a plaintiff, according to Jacksonville.com. Plaintiffs deemed to lack a legal position included a teacher, a student, and a consulting firm. There remains a challenge to the law from Robert Casanello, a professor of history at the University of Central Florida.
A non-profit organization called Protect Democracy filed another lawsuit against the law earlier this month, according to Mountains. The lawsuit argues that the Stop Walk Act violates both the First and 14th Amendment rights of Floridians.