Florida Governor DeSantis will oppose any candidate on the FL GOP College Board who helps the Essential Race Principle
On Saturday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) announced that he would not endorse any school board candidate in the state who supports critical racial theory.
DeSantis appeared with Dan Bongino on Fox News and vowed to turn his "political apparatus" against any member of the GOP school board who not only supports critical racial theory, but also any mask requirement for school-age children.
DeSantis said to Bongino, “Next week I will have my Education Commissioner go to the Board of Education to forbid to prohibit any deviation from correct history and to follow our standards. This is something we need to stay on the front lines of. "
Governor Ron DeSantis pledges to oppose any FL School Board candidates who support the Critical Race Theory https://t.co/0clptAmitH pic.twitter.com/yRHtZBdp8J
– The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) June 6, 2021
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All politics are local
In May, Idaho Governor Brad Little became the first GOP governor to sign law preventing educators from teaching critical racial theory.
The law forbids teaching that “persons, because of their gender, race, ethnicity, religion, color or national origin, are inherently responsible for actions taken in the past by other members of the same sex, race, ethnicity, religion , Skin color or national origin. "
At least a dozen other states are considering or have enacted laws that would prohibit the teaching of the highly controversial critical racial theory, and some say a racist version of American history.
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Ryan Girdusky is a political advisor who recently founded a PAC called The 1776 Project PAC.
The PAC is designed to assist candidates for local school authorities not just in Florida but across the country who oppose critical racial theory.
Girdusky said in a recent Daily Wire report:
“There are currently over a dozen school districts in Florida promoting the 1619 Project and Critical Racial Theory. I think he is serious about his intentions. He is the most popular Republican in the state, and Project PAC of 1776 would like to stand up on behalf of school board candidates who oppose critical racial theory and have the support of DeSantis. "
Please join me in supporting the PAC 1776 Project – Saving Our Nation Begins With Students Learning The Facts And Inspirational Truths Of Our History, Constitution, And Core Values. https://t.co/6AID9HFGH1
– Nan Hayworth, M.D. (@NanHayworth) May 26, 2021
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Critical race theory could play a role in the 2022 elections
While the old adage that all politics is local is true, critical racial theory is an issue that could very well come up in the 2022 midterm elections.
Many of the states that are in the process of introducing legislation to abolish the CRT or that have already banned the teaching of CRT are red states. And that could be a startling topic for many parents who are concerned about what their children are learning in the classroom.
In March, Governor DeSantis signed a $ 106 million initiative to revise the nationwide civics curriculum.
Critical racial theory is expressly excluded from the curriculum. Part of the GOP 2022 strategy could be to tie CRT to the Democrats as well.
Why are we trying to teach young white children that they are angry just because they were born?
Why are we trying to teach black young children that just because they're black they'll never make it?
Prohibit critical racial theory.
– Lavern Spicer (@lavern_spicer) June 6, 2021
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Parents begin to push back
As taxpayers, parents pay for their children's education. And many of them across the country, from public school parents to exclusive private school parents.
Many more parents want to express their opposition to CRT teaching in their children's school.
But in many places, as is so often the case when confronting the awakened mob, there is an impact on those who speak up.
In Virginia, for example, Jessica Mendez's two children attend public schools in Loudon County Virginia, where CRT is a hotly debated issue.
Mendez spoke out against CRT, now she has been ostracized by friends and family. She also got information about where her husband works, where another son goes to high school, and where she lives.
DeSantis reaffirmed to Dan Bongino during his interview on Saturday that local elections are important.
“As you said, these local elections are important. We're going to get the Florida political apparatus involved so we can make sure there isn't a single school board member, Republican, who ever indulges in critical racial theory. "
. @ GovRonDeSantis reveals @dbongino that he wants to ban critical racial theory in Florida.
"We are also not going to support a Republican school board candidate who supports critical racial theory in all 67 counties."
– Bongino Report (@BonginoReport) June 6, 2021