Florida’s state Board of Education announced on Thursday it was banning “critical race theory” from public school classrooms. The board said new rules would be put into place that would protect schoolchildren from curricula that might “distort historical events.”
The Associated Press reported the move was widely expected. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis pushed for the ban, and he appeared by video at the start of the meeting of the school board members to urge them to approve the measures.
“Some of this stuff is, I think, really toxic,” DeSantis said about critical race theory in the video. “I think it’s going to cause a lot of divisions. I think it’ll cause people to think of themselves more as a member of particular race based on skin color, rather than based on the content of their character and based on their hard work and what they’re trying to accomplish in life.”
The Florida Education Association had called on the board to reject the proposal.
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