In Florida, Ron DeSantis drives another stake through the heart of CRT

Governor Ron DeSantis (R-Real Leader) of Florida is once again putting his words into action. DeSantis signed an executive order in March prohibiting the use of critical race theory (CRT) in Florida.

The Florida Department of Education backed him up, banning its tenets from being taught in Florida schools and from being used in classrooms. DeSantis is taking it a step further by enacting legislation to codify these policy ideas and aims.

DeSantis proposed the Stop the Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees (W.O.K.E.) Act today during a news conference, giving companies, employees, parents, children, and families the ability to select what influences their children will face, as well as the tone of work settings and education.


From the Office of the Florida Governor:

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the Stop the Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees (W.O.K.E.) Act, a legislative proposal that will give businesses, employees, children and families tools to fight back against woke indoctrination. The Stop W.O.K.E. Act will be the strongest legislation of its kind in the nation and will take on both corporate wokeness and Critical Race Theory. Today’s proposal builds on actions Governor DeSantis has already taken to ban Critical Race Theory and the New York Times’ 1619 project in Florida’s schools. For more information about the Stop W.O.K.E. Act, click here.

“In Florida we are taking a stand against the state-sanctioned racism that is critical race theory,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “We won’t allow Florida tax dollars to be spent teaching kids to hate our country or to hate each other. We also have a responsibility to ensure that parents have the means to vindicate their rights when it comes to enforcing state standards. Finally, we must protect Florida workers against the hostile work environment that is created when large corporations force their employees to endure CRT-inspired ‘training’ and indoctrination.”

Unlike some recent presidents, DeSantis is following proper procedures. Use executive privilege to outline policy goals, then develop legislation, send it to the legislature to hammer out the legalities and wording, and give citizens a chance to weigh in. The legislature should then vote to create established law.

This is the path to take.

DeSantis also included a personal “right to action” for parents specifically.

“We are going to be including in this legislation giving parents a private right of action to be able to enforce the prohibition on CRT, and they get to recover attorney’s fees when they prevail, which is very important,” DeSantis said. “A lot of times these people will fear lawsuits more than a fine from the State Department of Education.”

The individual right to take action is enormous. It should be in the hands of parents to monitor what their children are learning and to intervene if they do not agree. So it's a fine line to walk between individual rights and government accountability.

DeSantis has been setting the tone and demonstrating what a well-run state should seem. There's a reason why people are fleeing poorly managed states (looking at you, California) in favor of Florida's free, efficient, and functional government.

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