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DeSantis’ war on unions targets public education in Florida

By meerna Jun12,2024

Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses the audience before signing the bill at Cornerstone Classical Academy on Monday morning.  Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was at Cornerstone Classical Academy in Jacksonville, Florida on Monday, March 25, 2024, along with local and state leaders to sign Florida House Bill 3, which prohibits Floridians under the age of 16 from entering "addictive" social media platforms, but with exceptions for people who are over 14 or 15 years of age and have obtained parental consent.

Gov. Ron DeSantis declared open war on the state’s largest public employee union, United Teachers of Dade, on Monday, a hyperbolic, tactical offensive part of the administration’s broader effort to transform Florida’s public education into a decentralized network of K-12 schools and private schools and tilt the program teaching in a decidedly conservative direction.

During a winding press conference in Hialeah to discuss teacher pay raises, DeSantis characterized United Teachers of Dade and teachers unions more generally as outdated, corrupt organizations that indoctrinate children and do not represent the best interests of teachers. Lt. Gov. Jeanette Núñez called union leaders “activists masquerading as union hacks” who abuse their members, and Education Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. he said unions should “stop focusing their energy… on woke ideology (and) protecting pornographic materials.”

By meerna

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