(Ezekiel Loseke, Headline USA) Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who was able to lead 24/30 of school related candidates to victory in the 2022 election, hosted a session called “Freedom Blueprint,” in Orlando, to teach more school board members how to win in the 2024 election.
The event was attended by over 200 people, according to Fox News, and included other figures in education reform like Betsy DeVos, Richard Corcocran, Dave Rubin and Education Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr.
DeSanits, who recently took on leftist teachers unions by sponsoring a law that challenged their automatic enrolment of all Florida teachers, said one important key to winning these elections is simply competing with the teachers unions.
“In the past, nobody cared about these races, nobody was paying much attention to these races except the teachers unions,” he said.
“They would fund the races,” he said.
More importantly, the Florida state Constitution requires non-partisan elections for school board members. “So, you’re not allowed to run under a party label,” DeSantis explained.
“So what the unions do, is they’ll go into like a conservative county like a Sarasota or Lee or some of these places and they’ll get behind a liberal candidate and they’ll dress them up as if they’re reflecting the community’s values.”
DeSantis explained that the key to victory in these elections is simple: “You’re not doing anything special other than just reflecting the values of your communities,” he said.
However, “for too long these school boards have not reflected the values of the communities that [they] were elected to serve.”
Cory DeAngelis, a senior fellow with the American Federation for Children, said he hopes DeSantis’s actions become a trend-setter for the rest of the country.
“More conservative governors should follow DeSantis’s lead and get involved in local school board elections,” he said.
“Power-hungry leftist teachers unions have infiltrated the government school system for decades and it’s past time for advocates for parental rights in education to fight back and win.”