2021: The year state officials took charge of Florida education

Title: "2021: The year state officials took charge of Florida education"

Author: Jeffrey S. Solochek

Publication: Tampa Bay Times

As Florida eased its way toward the winter holidays, Gov. Ron DeSantis held a fiery event in Sumter County to again criticize the way public schools approach lessons about race.

Surrounded by “critical race theory” opponents, DeSantis declared the need for the Legislature to step in more firmly than the State Board of Education had in June. It must, he said, prevent schools from teaching children and training staff about concepts such as equity.

He argued a law is needed because some local districts have no problem ignoring the threat of an administrative sanction. If parents had the power to sue, DeSantis suggested, perhaps the school boards might listen.

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