A bill currently being assessed by the Florida state Senate would bottleneck scholarship funds from college students who select majors that do not directly lead to employment, meaning some “woke” majors may have to find other avenues of paying student tuition costs.
Conservative News Daily tweeted: “A bill currently in the Florida state Senate (Senate Bill 86) would restrict scholarship funds from college students who select majors that would not lead directly to employment.”
Republican state Sen. Dennis Baxley, who initially introduced Senate Bill 86, stated: “We want all of our students to succeed in meaningful careers that provide for their families and serve our communities. As taxpayers we should all be concerned about subsidizing degrees that just lead to debt, instead of the jobs our students want and need. We encourage all students to pursue their passions, but when it comes to taxpayer subsidized education, there needs to be a link to our economy, and that is the goal of this legislation.”
Angles Morabito noted in Campus Reform: “The bill would restrict the state’s Bright Futures Scholarship dollars to students who choose a college major from a list of approved programs of study dictated by the Board of Governors and Board of Education.”
The Bright Futures Scholarship gathers money through the Florida lottery, with Morabito saying that “it currently covers 100 percent of tuition and applicable fees at in-state public institutions for eligible students.”
The bill would require “that eligibility for such funds is contingent on enrollment in certain career certificate or degree programs,” and require “the Board of Governors and the State Board of Education to each approve, by a specified date, a list of career certificate and undergraduate and graduate degree programs that they determine lead directly to employment.”
“Students who decide to take career paths that are not included in this list would be limited to 60 hours of financial aid,” Action News Jax reported.
“The logic in this is that funding the first two years of credits would allow students to adapt to a degree that would be on the list,” FSU News explained, adding that “Baxley mentioned that there are multiple stories he has heard about people putting Bright Futures money in the bank because they already have another source of income for college, such as Florida Prepaid.”
The bill proposes that if a student passes a dual enrollment course or AP classes in a topic, they will not receive Bright Futures for re-taking those classes. Baxley suggested taxpayers don’t want to fund students to take a class again in college that they passed in high school.
Morabito noted the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity “projects that finance and business professionals, teachers, marketers, and HR specialists will see strong employment growth through 2028,” findings that are cohesive with the National Center for Education Statistics‘ data.
The bulk of the “woke” majors offered at the university level are typically found within the humanities—where critical race theory, gender studies, and other such concepts are discussed at length.
It is unclear if the bill would prohibit students from taking advantage of literature courses and philosophy courses—both of which are lumped into the humanities but provide background for those who go on to law school and medical school.