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DeSantis Suspends Four Schools From Major Scholarship After Ties to Chinese Communist Party Revealed

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[Photo Credit: By Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America - Ron DeSantis, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=121859500]

Governor Ron DeSantis reportedly directed the Florida Department of Education on Friday to suspend four schools from the state’s school-choice scholarship program for alleged “direct ties to the Chinese Communist Party.”

The Florida Department of Education is collaborating with scholarship-funding organizations to assist affected students in enrolling in nearby schools that recognize the program.

The order was issued by DeSantis after he signed a bill in May that banned any school affiliated with a “foreign country of concern” from participating in Florida’s school-choice scholarship programs.

“The Chinese Communist Party is not welcome in the state of Florida. We will not put up with any attempt to influence students with a communist ideology or allow Floridians’ tax dollars to go to schools that are connected to our foreign adversaries.” DeSantis said in a statement.

The Wall Street Journal reported that in January 2022, Primavera acquired the well-known academic platforms Princeton Review and Tutor.com.

This company provides free products to U.S. service members and has contracts with numerous educational districts across the country, including Loudoun County, Virginia.

However, regulatory approval to acquire the two companies was not granted to Primavera until 15 months after the transaction.

Sage Education is also part of the Spring Education network, despite the fact that DeSantis eliminated this unit from voucher programs.

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