The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports:
Eddie Speir, a Christian school founder appointed by DeSantis to the New College of Florida board clashed with legal counsel David Smolker over his request to open the board meeting with prayer. He said Smolker initially denied the request, but in his latest Substack said that decision was reversed and an opening prayer will be allowed. Another motion Speir plans to introduce would remove some media members from the meeting.
“I move that we remove USA Today and its affiliates from the list of approved media outlets until an apology is received with a commitment from USA Today to adhere to its own policies,” Speir writes, referencing Herald-Tribune parent company Gannett’s flagship newspaper, USA Today. The Herald-Tribune is part of USA TODAY Network – Florida. Speir is upset about comments made by Herald-Tribune readers.
Read the full article. As I reported yesterday, Spier and fellow appointee Christopher Rufo are seeking the power to fire all faculty and administrators and rehire them only if they fit the new “model.”
DeSantis appointee to New College board floats “terminating all contracts for faculty, staff and administration” and rehiring those who “fit in the new financial and business model.” He also wants to shakeup leadership & remove Herald-Tribune from meetinghttps://t.co/ttvh3XFBPz
— Zac Anderson (@zacjanderson) January 30, 2023