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DeSantis on Education Tour, Supports Local School Board Candidates

As part of his Education Agenda Tour, the governor encouraged a Doral crowd to go out and vote on Tuesday to secure wins for school board candidates focused on “education, not indoctrination.”

DORAL, FLORIDA — Governor Ron DeSantis stopped in Doral on Sunday as part of his Education Agenda Tour. He spoke about various topics related to Florida’s Education Agenda, including the new program encouraging veterans to apply for teaching certificates and COVID-19 policy that stifled classroom learning over the past two years.

“November’s going to be important, but we’ve got some work to do this Tuesday,” DeSantis said as he introduced school board candidates that he has chosen personally – an unprecedented move that has caused controversy. The role of politics in public schools has “certainly been amped up,” according to Andrea Messina, CEO of Florida School Boards Association.

“The increased polarization in school boards really reflects an increased polarization in communities across our country,” she told WLRN in July.


On Friday, a Florida grand jury recommended that DeSantis remove four members of the Broward County school board from office. The grand jury, empaneled after the 2018 school massacre, wrote that district administrators displayed “deceit, malfeasance, misfeasance, neglect of duty and incompetence” in handling a campus safety program.

In the 122-page report, the panel recommended removing Broward County district school board members Patricia Good, Donna Korn, Ann Murray, and Laurie Rich Levinson. Rosalind Osgood, a former member, was also named, but she is now a member of the Florida Senate.

Former Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie resigned last year after being indicted for allegedly lying to the grand jury. Broward County’s district is the sixth-largest nationally, with more than 27,000 students.


In Doral on Sunday, the governor encouraged a cheerful crowd to get out and vote this Tuesday, emphasizing the importance of choosing suitable candidates for local school boards across the state. “Parents and I think students, and I think Floridians want our school system to be about educating our kids, not indoctrinating kids,” DeSantis stated.

He also expressed the importance of voting conservative on Tuesday. “If I could have a conservative majority on every school board in the country, we would be in such good shape,” DeSantis said.

The endorsed candidates are pro-parent and pro-student and are committed to the DeSantis Education Agenda. Parental rights, curriculum transparency, and classrooms free of “woke” ideology are all on the ballot this election, according to the governor, and it starts with school board elections.


Earlier this month, Governor DeSantis endorsed a slate of candidates across the state who support his Education Agenda. And according to a new poll by the Washington Examiner YouGov, a majority of U.S. adults agree with the Parental Rights in Education Act (HB 1557), signed into law by the Republican-led Florida legislature. The law labeled by some as “don’t say gay” prohibits classroom instruction in grades K-3 on sexual orientation and gender identity, among other things.

The poll asked parents if students should learn gender identity and sexual orientation topics in schools. 67% said they oppose this type of discussion in classrooms. 59% of respondents also favored moving the restrictions up to the fourth and fifth grades.

50% of total respondents – including 40% of Democrats, 49% of Independents, and 65% of Republicans – believe that public schools teach students to accept specific views on sexuality.

Carl Bialik, Vice President of YouGov, said that the results reveal a significant divide between what parents want to be taught at schools and what they feel is being taught now. The sample size in the YouGov poll was 1,000. It was conducted from August 12–15, 2022.


Al Hernandez – Pasco County

Alexandria Suarez – Monroe County

Aly Legge – Hillsborough County

April Carney – Duval County

Armor Persons – Lee County

Bridget Ziegler – Sarasota County

Chad Choate – Manatee County

Charlotte Joyce – Duval County

Christy Chong – Flagler County

Cindy Spray – Manatee County

Colonel Richard Tatem – Manatee County

Darren Horan – Monroe County

Erin Skipper – Clay County

Fred Lowry – Volusia County

Jacqueline Rosario – Indian River County

Jaime Haynes – Volusia County

Jennifer Russell – Martin County

Jill Woolbright – Flagler County

Megan Wright – Brevard County

Mildred Russell – Alachua County

Monica Colucci – Miami-Dade County

Patricia Rendon – Hillsborough County

Phil Leary – Putnam County

Rick Nolte – Polk County

Roberto Alonso – Miami-Dade County

Robyn Marinelli – Sarasota County

Sam Fisher – Lee County

Stacy Hahn – Hillsborough County

Stephanie Busin – Hendry County

Timothy Enos – Sarasota County