DeSantis’ school board candidate prevails in Florida primary


All but five candidates from a school board backed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis won or advances in his primaries on Tuesday, furthering Republicans’ crusade against “waking up” in schools, as he seeks to build a base of local allies.

Overall, 25 of the 30 candidates supported by DeSantis and his 1776 Project Pac in the traditionally non-partisan primaries were victorious, According to media reports,

“We will never, ever surrender to the awakened agenda. Florida is the state where the awake go to die.” DeSantis said At an election-night party, the right has been adopted using a term to ridicule efforts towards inclusivity.

with florida Republican Behind him, DeSantis – who didn’t have a primary this week, but will face Democratic Rep. Charlie Christo In November — some of Florida’s largest counties poured thousands of dollars into the normally sleepy and apolitical race for positions that determine how schools are operated.

DeSantis also managed to change the school boards of some counties from left-leaning to conservative, Tallahassee Democrat reported,

DeSantis-Coalition candidates focused on parental rights and transparency, while Democrats referred to challenges Recruiting and retaining teachers in an increasingly hostile learning environment.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was not on the ballot Tuesday, but his school board candidate was.

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“Sarasota County – We did it!!!” Bridget Ziegler tweeted, a Sarasota school board member, supported by DeSantis. Her campaign material says Ziegler is to eliminate “indoctrination” and ban “critical race theory”. “The community has spoken and it is quite clear,” she wrote. “They are demanding reset of the school board. And that’s what they’re going to get.”

Florida Democratic Party chairman Manny Diaz Sr. on Tuesday criticized DeSantis for making the school board political battlefields,

The governor’s aggressive crackdown on public schools has focused heavily on banning gender, race, and how history is taught to children. He faced criticism for his parental rights in education law, dubbed a “Don’t Say Gay” bill by his opponents, which prohibits classroom discussion on gender identity and sexuality.

A companion piece of legislation, the Stop Voc Act, was struck down by a judge last week amid challenges to the constitutionality of preventing discussion of race in business and educational settings. The law, which aims at diversity and inclusion training, seeks to prohibit thorny discussions about race and privilege. A judge characterized it unavoidably vague and accused the state of “throttling its opponents”. The state is attractive.

It’s no secret that DeSantis, sitting on a $132 million war chest, is running for president in 2024. As one of the GOP’s foremost culture warriors, DeSantis has made “parental rights” a primary focus, A strategy that worked for Virginia Gov. Glen Youngkin last year, Meanwhile, Florida is facing a dire teacher shortage. To compensate, the Florida Department of Education launched a program last month allowing military veterans without a degree to teach.

Andrea Mercado, executive director of Florida Rising, a progressive nonprofit blast decentis As “learned from Trump how to exploit extremism in the spotlight and fundraising for his own career”. He encouraged progressives to vote to keep DeSantis “out of the Oval Office in 2024, and build justice on every block with local elections.”


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