Hit List: DeSantis Rolls Out List of Woke Florida School Board Members as Targets for Challenge
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis released a list of over a dozen school board officials he plans to target in 2024 races to protect Florida schools from “woke” ideology.
DeSantis unveiled the 2024 target list in a Tuesday morning meeting with Florida House Speaker Paul Renner, Moms for Liberty co-founders Tina Descovich and Tiffany Justice, and other key leaders in Florida school reform.
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The list included 14 school board members who “do not protect parental rights and have failed to protect students from woke ideologies.”
The members hail from across the Sunshine State, including Brevard County, Duval County, Hillsborough County, Indian River County, Miami-Dade County, Pinellas County, Volusia County, and Sarasota County.
According to Fox News, DeSantis will continue working with leaders in the Florida school reform movement to recruit replacements.
Renner made clear to Fox News Digital how committed DeSantis’s office was on this front.
“Our children’s education is a no-fail mission. We will continue to support Florida school board candidates who promote the components of a world-class education and defeat those that are focused on the latest ideological trends. Make no mistake, we intend to win as Florida’s future is too important.”
Moms for Liberty founders Descovich and Justice praised DeSantis’s efforts on school reform, calling it a “game-changer.”
“He is building the model for how governors should champion parental rights in every state in the country. We are so thankful for his willingness to take on this fight!”
DeSantis has long fought for more parental rights in education and to prevent the “woke agenda” from seeping into schools.
These priorities motivated DeSantis to get school board members who “are committed to advancing these priorities at the local school board level” elected. During the 2022 Midterm election, DeSantis endorsed school board candidates ran the table, with 29 of his 34 candidates winning across the state.
DeSantis explained his focus during a speech at a school board retreat in Dec. 2022.
“This is really, I think just the beginning. I think what we’ve been able to do is show that these races matter…You’re already seeing some of these school boards making big changes in their school districts, which I think is very, very encouraging to see people wanting to reform.”
While some critics have attacked DeSantis for politicizing “non-partisan” school boards, the Governor countered that as not true.
“But they’ll dress them up as if they’re reflecting the community’s values and it’s hard to know as a voter because you get this information, this literature, being sent to you that’s union-funded… And it seems like the candidates are good and saying the right things and then obviously once they get on the school board, they basically vote left, which is not consistent with the values of those communities.”
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DeSantis also formally launched his 10-point plan for school reform. I consisted of open and rejecting lockdowns, increasing teacher pay, educating instead of indoctrinating, rejecting the use of critical race theory in the curriculum, ensuring parental rights, supporting civics education, expanding workforce development and technical education, support for school security and mental health initiatives, and protecting the right of parents to petition school boards about the curriculum.
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In his inaugural address last month, DeSantis vowed even more education reforms, saying that Florida “must always be a great place to raise a family.”
“We will defend our children against those who seek to rob them of their innocence…We seek normalcy, not philosophical lunacy… Florida is where woke goes to die.”
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