Ron DeSantis signs civic literacy bills requiring students to learn about Constitution and 'evils of communism'

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a trio of bills Tuesday that he says will improve civic literacy in the state and teach children about the “evils of communism.”

“It’s crucial to ensure that we teach our students how to be responsible citizens,” DeSantis said during a news conference at a Fort Myers middle school. “They need to have a good working knowledge of American history, American government, and the principles that underline our Constitution and Bill of Rights.”

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The three bills, House Bill 5, HB 233, and Senate Bill 1108, contain a provision that will establish a Portraits and Patriotism Library that DeSantis said will ensure students learn about “real patriots” who came to America after fleeing communist and socialist regimes across the world.

HB 5 requires that the Florida Department of Education create a K-12 civic curriculum that includes an understanding of the rights and responsibilities protected by the United States Constitution, as well as an understanding of the “evils of communism and totalitarian ideologies.” HB 233 prohibits the board from shielding students, staff, and faculty from certain speech, and SB 1108 requires state college and university students to take a civic literacy course and a civic literacy assessment as a requirement for graduation.

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“We have a number of people in Florida, particularly southern Florida, who’ve escaped totalitarian regimes, who’ve escaped communist dictatorships to be able to come to America,” DeSantis said. “We want all students to understand the difference: Why would somebody flee across shark-infested waters, say, leaving from Cuba to come to southern Florida? Why would somebody leave a place like Vietnam? Why would people leave these countries and risk their life to be able to come here? It’s important students understand that.”

DeSantis is widely considered a front-runner to win the Republican nomination for president if he decides to enter the race and was recently the winner of a straw poll at a conservative conference. Additionally, former President Donald Trump has floated the idea of DeSantis as a vice presidential running mate if he decides to run for a second presidential term.

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