Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) office on Friday announced School choice scholarships were suspended for four schools due to their “direct ties to the Chinese Communist Party.”
“As a result of a thorough investigation, [the Florida Department of Education] has determined that Lower and Upper Sagemont Preparatory Schools in Weston, Park House Academy in Winter Park, and Park Maitland School in Winter Park have direct ties to the Chinese Communist Party, and that those ties lead to We have determined that this poses an immediate threat. students and the general public,” reads a news release from the governor’s office.
The release also mentions the bill that DeSantis signed into law in May. Ban Private schools within the state are eligible for the Educational Scholarship Program if the private school is “owned or operated by an affiliated foreign country or by a person or entity resident, owned, or in any way controlled by a foreign principal.” “participation” is prohibited.The law then refers to another matter law China is listed as a “country of concern.”
“The Chinese Communist Party is not welcome in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said in the release. “We will not tolerate any attempt to influence students with communist ideology or allow Floridians’ tax dollars to be spent on schools with ties to foreign enemies.”
These schools are part of the “Multi-Branded Education Network”. called Spring education group. “The company is controlled by Primavera Holdings Limited, an investment company primarily based in Hong Kong with operations in China, Singapore and the United States, and is owned by a Chinese national residing in Hong Kong,” the group said. There is. ” school‘ website.
DeSantis also recently signed a bill that bans Chinese nationals from purchasing land in Florida and forces the state Department of Administrative Services to “create a list of prohibited applications owned by foreign principals or foreign countries of concern, including China.” Privacy risks. ”
A federal judge in August rejected a request by Chinese nationals to suspend land ownership laws.
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