Last week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced the Stop WOKE Act, which is presented as an effort to ban Critical Race Theory (CRT) and "woke indoctrination" in Florida schools. In reality, the legislation would allow parents to sue teachers who provide accurate information about the founding of the United States.
The balls on DeSantis to invoke MLK, Jr. while he tries to erase the very lessons King taught. Between the Florida governor and Joe Manchin, I've had my fill of outrage for the day and it's only 7:30 AM.
Just about everything being done to thrwart Democracy is out on the table. DeSantis is a master at it. With teacher pay so low and a critical shortage of new teachers, this is just another step in gutting public education. How folks still think we are going to come out enmasse and stop the Republican party from achieving minority rule in all its Gory is fantasy. Dr. King would see this for what it is. A giant step backward in Civil Rights.
44 state legislatures are GOP. MANCHIN and Sinema have hog tied Voter Rights and the American rescue plan in Congress.
Jan.6 has never been ended. The insurrection is in plain sight.
This is so insane. DeSantis is completely off the rails, as are FL legislators. The actually think we can go back to a whitewashed U.S.
Please note: conservatives have been attacking public education since its inception. Attacking history is a desperate attempt to limit public discourse by targeting children. It certainly is a new low.
DeathSantis is as odious as his Orange Asscatus mentor.
States without anti-CRT laws should start advertising for teachers in Florida. All states are suffering from a teacher shortage; they could offer relocation benefits and probably already pay better than Florida. It is a brutal reality and, of course, not great for Florida, but it would make the point. I am in a state with one of these ridiculous laws and I fully expect adjacent states to come after our teachers. Not great for us either, but one hopes that this type of action might snap some reality into a state that is suffering from a teacher shortage right now. Florida's threat of litigation makes it all the worse. These states pushing extremist laws are usually a blend of people across political spectrums with a rural population (or an older relocated population in Florida) that has gained an electoral advantage. They are not socially isolated from the rest of the country and are not immune to national economic forces. They are not solidly in the nutty right wing but need some pushing.
DeSantis is relentless in his disgusting pursuit of a second term. I encourage FL voters to get out and not only vote but to volunteer to register voters and help in any way to remove this man from office.
Sue teachers? For what? Their exorbitant salaries? The personal money they spend in their classrooms? Good luck on that teacher shortage, FloriDUH.
Why not just turn over the schools to the Taliban?
The Democrats have wasted such valuable time trying to look fair while they’re being dragged behind a truck. Find a way to force out the filibuster and shove through the Voting Rights Act or we will be powerless to stop this rolling coup and totalitarian/fascist rule.
Please, give us more of the information on "the Florida Education Association, the state's largest teacher's union" and any other groups using their voices and power to confront actions such as those taken by DeSantis. I'm in need of who and what to be supporting. Balance! [I'm thinking how important it is for Val Demmings to win. Any hope there?]
On the bright side, I think that would be a pretty tough lawsuit to win.
Is Rondo going to pay the legal bills for the human tools filing frivolous lawsuits?
It's for his idiot base.
Just more grease on the ever steeply increasing slope of TX SB8...abortions in The Lone Star State, guns in The Golden State, now history in The Sunshine State. Throw in a blatantly partisan and invertebrate SCOTUS, and soon no further lubrication will be needed, as the incline will be so steep no friction will remain to be overcome. Governance and regulation by tort action. So, when do we get a law that allows us Everyday Joes to drag an elected legislator into court?
In combination with PI’s 12/1 column (which I somehow missed, too much Hanukkah eggnog?), this one paints a dismal picture of life in the New Old South. But I kinda like how De Santis is showing his entire (counter revolutionary) hand well before RNC has picked its 2024 candidate - the part that latches onto texas’ SB8 to try to evade the US Constitution, but this time switches attack to the beloved First Amendment; the part that threatens kids (black and white) and teachers (ditto) because well aren’t they still a White man’s property?; the part that attempts to jump onto a non moving band wagon and ultimately serves as a foil/test case for whoever the Orange Haired man deems his successor. But this proposed legislation, as a real “thing”? Color me skeptical. It may raise DeS some dark money, and it certainly should serve as a wake up call for any liberals who aren’t seeing the new Civil War playing out in schools, governors’ mansions and state legislatures; but it’s ham handed af. Great reporting Judd, thank you!
I wonder why we aren’t seeing much commentary from AFT, NEA or the DoE.
How about letting students sue their parents for circumventing their education.