Cue the next leftist media meltdown and/or media story from “insiders” regarding a so-called raging feud between Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former President Donald Trump, given what the former has just done to strike back against woke schoolboards.
DeSantis has long made it clear that his primary objective is to beat President Joe Biden, assuming he runs in 2024, not fight against Trump and disintegrate the party, though the media clearly prefers a dog-eat-dog fight, as evidenced by varied salacious headlines.
However, like the true patriot that he is, the Florida governor has remained focus on Americans, as evidenced by the bill that he just passed to start off the new week, as well as conclude March with a bang.
Much to the rage of Democrats, DeSantis has further eroded the power of Marxist indoctrination centers, otherwise known as public schools who specialize in turning out endless “protestors.”
Through House Bill (HB) 1, DeSantis significantly amplified the power of parental choice with regards to their children’s education, including the increase in vouchers available for parents to use at a private (i.e., non-woke) school of their choice.
Vouchers are worth up to $8,500 per year in tuition, representing welcome assistance for parents who are truly invested in their children’s well-being and future.
This bill will be especially attractive for parents of middle schoolers and high schoolers, as these students can still technically be subjected to rather militant transgender ideology, alongside the highly divisive critical race theory (CRT) in public schools.
In private, college-focused schools? Likely not as much, though wokery appears to infuse its way in a broad array of unfortunate settings.
Which is exactly why DeSantis highly prioritizes parental choice, above all.
“Florida is number one when it comes to education freedom and education choice, and today’s bill signing represents the largest expansion of education choice in the history of these United States. When you combine private scholarships, charter schools, and district choice programs, Florida already has 1.3 million students attending a school of their choosing,” DeSantis declared in a recent press release.
“These programs have been instrumental in elevating student achievement over the past twenty years. I am grateful to the Florida Legislature, Speaker Renner, and President Passidomo for prioritizing this legislation and presenting it to me at the beginning of this year’s legislative session,” DeSantis added, demonstrating the degree to which the governor allots credit to others for the contributions made to improving the state’s educational system for its students.
Other legislators chimed in, illuminating the cooperative spirit that inspires DeSantis’s governorship, including Senate President Kathleen Passidomo.
“The goal of making school choice a reality for every child across our great state has been a long time coming, and with the steadfast resolve and leadership of Governor DeSantis, Speaker Renner, Senator Simon, Rep. Tuck, and many others, today is the day school choice is here for every Florida family,” Passidomo proclaimed, underscoring the impressive leadership efforts of the governor.
In addition, Passidomo also put public schools on notice, in terms of being competitive.
Not only does the new legislation allow for numerous vouchers for private schools, but it also strips a number of onerous bureaucratic procedures that can stymie the teaching profession and public school system in general.
“Additionally, this bill reduces some of the outdated, unnecessary, and quite frankly, burdensome regulations public schools have to abide by. By reducing red tape that burdens our traditional public schools, these institutions, which have served our communities for generations, will have a meaningful chance to compete right alongside other school choice options,” Passidomo added pointedly.
Translation: Public schools can’t enjoy the “perks” of effective communism they enjoy in the likes of Newsom’s California in DeSantis’s Florida … they actually have to compete for funding, just like any business would have to in the private sector.
And if public schools can’t be inspired to compete to produce the best (non-partisan) education for students, then parents should have every right, and resource, to direct their children’s learning elsewhere.
Author: Ofelia Thornton