Florida education board OKs rule banning critical race theory

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The Florida Board of Education on Thursday approved a rule from Gov. Ron DeSantis that bans critical race theory curriculum in the Sunshine State's schools.

Education officials voted 8-0 to OK the rule during a meeting at Florida State College at Jacksonville that DeSantis attended virtually.

The rule states: "Instruction on the required topics must be factual and objective and may not suppress or distort significant historical events, such as the Holocaust, and may not define American history as something other than the creation of a new nation based largely on universal principles stated in the Declaration of Independence."

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The Republican governor, who has been extremely vocal in his opposition to critical race theory, railed against leadership that believes "we should teach kids to hate our country."

“The woke class wants to teach kids to hate each other, rather than teaching them how to read, but we will not let them bring nonsense ideology into Florida’s schools,” he said in a Thursday statement. “As the Governor of Florida, I love this state, and I love my country. I find it unthinkable that there are other people in positions of leadership in the federal government who believe that we should teach kids to hate our country. We will not stand for it here in Florida. I’m proud that we are taking action today to ensure our state continues to have the greatest educational system in the nation.”

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The phrase "critical race theory" does not appear in the rule's text. DeSantis said it was designed that way because "CRT isn't the only issue," his office told Fox News.

Andrew Spar, the president of the Florida Teachers Association, a prominent educator's union, alluded on social media that the school board's move is a distraction from the "real needs" of Florida's schools.

"Rather than talking about the policy changes necessary to enable all our students to succeed, these politicians create boogeymen and use Florida’s public schools as a political football," he wrote in a Thursday tweet.

"The policies pursued by Commissioner Corcoran and embraced by Gov. DeSantis are directly responsible for driving dedicated, committed educators to either leave the profession altogether or to take their talents to another state," he wrote in a subsequent post. "We must come together to demand our leaders focus on the real needs of Florida’s schools. That starts by ending the policies that drive teachers and other educators out of the profession and taking the time to listen to professional educators."

Florida is one of several states that have taken steps to ban critical race theory or passed legislation to rid schools of it, including Arizona, Iowa, Idaho, and Louisiana, among others.

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The Florida Department of Education did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Washington Examiner.

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