Judge Denies Injunction, Gives Green Light for ‘Stop WOKE Act’ to Go into Effect

By Lydia Nusbaum, Florida's Voice

June 27, 2022 Updated 2:06 PM ET

Parents speak in support of Gov. Ron DeSantis' 'Stop W.O.K.E. Act,' April 22, 2022.
Parents speak in support of Gov. Ron DeSantis' 'Stop W.O.K.E. Act,' April 22, 2022.

June 27, 2022 Updated 2:05 P.M. ET

TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – A federal judge reportedly did not block a new state law that prohibits lessons telling students and employees they are inherently racist or sexist because of their skin color and sex. 

A group of teachers and attorneys requested a temporary injunction before the new law, dubbed the “Stop WOKE Act,” goes into effect on July 1st.

Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker denied the temporary injunction Monday. 

The Stop WOKE Act bans workplace training or schools from teaching that anyone is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously. Under the law, educators and workplace employers cannot teach people that their “moral character” is determined by race, sex, or national origin.

The group of plaintiffs argued that the new law violates their First Amendment rights. They also challenged recent State Board of Education Rules that banned critical race theory. 

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Walker said the plaintiffs had not shown injury-related proof needed to establish standing. Essentially, the teachers did not show how the new law would directly injure them. He said he was not “determining whether the challenged regulations are constitutional, morally correct or good policy.”

The judge did not rule on an injunction request by a University of Central Florida professor. The Judge ordered attorneys to file additional briefs.

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