Twenty-five out of 30 school board candidates in Florida endorsed by state Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) either won their elections Tuesday night or advanced to a runoff.
The slate of school board candidates backed by the Republican governor prevailed in the vast majority of races, including in Miami-Dade County, where two DeSantis-backed candidates handily won their races.
DeSantis had touted his endorsement of the candidates as an extension of his education agenda, which to date has included a slew of legislative actions that have expanded civics education, defined parental rights, banned critical race theory, and, most infamously, prohibited classroom instruction on gender identity and sexual orientation before fourth grade.
“These pro-parent, pro-student local school board candidates are committed to the DeSantis Education Agenda,” he said in a statement earlier this month, touting the endorsements. “Parental rights, curriculum transparency, and classrooms free of woke ideology are all on the ballot this election, and it starts with school board elections.” Read more…