While a red wave may not have occurred as expected during the 2022 midterm elections, the same cannot be said about the schools in Florida. And those conservative and winning school board members aren’t wasting any time moving their districts away from the woke.
Since the elections, when school boards statewide took on a more family and student-oriented focus, woke-leaning superintendents have been fired in three districts.
According to Fox News, schools have been inundated with critical race theory, indoctrination into LBGT agendas, and mandates that neither parents nor students can tolerate over the past few years. But thanks to conservative movements like those led by Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, communities are finally standing up and using their voice to oppose such dangerous ideas.
As Republican state Representative Randy Fine told Politico, “We had a wave in school districts that spit in the parents’ faces. And now the people who did that are gone.”
Superintendent Mark Mullins of Brevard County is one such individual.
According to the Brevard Federation of Teachers, there was little to no discipline for students under Mullins. They noted that students had become shockingly verbally and physically abusive toward teachers and staff. And nothing was ever done about it. That is until the school board decided to oust Mullins in favor of someone who supports discipline in their schools.
In Sarasota County, something similar happened to Superintendent Brennan Asplen.
Asplen was charged with mandating masks unnecessarily, having a lack of transparency, and poor student reading performance, according to Politico. And even though there was a four-hour commentary, most of which favored Asplen, he was still fired.
This was partly due to the fact that a number of board members and teachers noted that they could no longer see themselves working with him well. At the very least, they had lost too much respect for him.
Of course, Asplen thought the whole thing to be “ridiculous.”
But those like DeSantis-appointed Bridget Zeigler, the new chairwoman of the school board and co-founder of Moms for Liberty, were adamant that Asplen had to go, citing again the lack of mutual respect the board and the former superintendent had for each other.
Broward County, Florida, also fired its superintendent, Vickie Cartwright, just after the November 8 midterm election. According to Politico, this one was not exactly a direct result of the election like the others, though. However, due to the efforts of five DeSantis-appointed board members, Cartwright lost her position.
Now, three fired superintendents might not be a whole lot. But it certainly does make a statement for the direction the state of Florida is going.
As DeSantis says, Florida is “where woke goes to die.” Of course, it’s noted that this might not have been the case had the state not been led by DeSantis. In fact, some are calling what is happening in the Sunshine State a “laboratory of democracy.”
As Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote in 1934, “a single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.”
From DeSantis’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic to his educational goals for the state, the governor has taken a vastly different approach than most. And while he’s been heavily ridiculed and even attacked for such, his methods have proved to be good for Florida and its people.
Thanks to his no-nonsense take on mandates and such, Florida was one of the first states to recover both physically and economically, with businesses and health booming despite having one of the country’s most ‘at-risk’ populations.
And now, thanks to his involvement in appointing school board members, the education of Florida’s youth is improving, too. However, it is noted that because school board elections are non-partisan, few governors or state leaders ever get too involved, let alone endorse them for office.
But endorse conservatives he most definitely did. It might be a bit unorthodox, but apparently, it’s exactly what was needed.