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The Florida Board of Education announced a ban on “Critical Race Theory” in Public Schools earlier today.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said “Florida’s education system exists to create opportunity for our children. Critical Race Theory teaches kids to hate our country and to hate each other. It is state-sanctioned racism and has no place in Florida schools.”

Florida has blasted the far-left philosophy, saying “The woke class wants to teach kids to hate each other, rather than teaching them how to read, but we will not let them bring nonsense ideology into Florida’s schools.”

“As the Governor of Florida, I love this state, and I love my country,” he added. “I find it unthinkable that there are other people in positions of leadership in the federal government who believe that we should teach kids to hate our country. We will not stand for it here in Florida. I’m proud that we are taking action today to ensure our state continues to have the greatest educational system in the nation.”

Appearing on Fox News last week DeSantis says he will ban “any departure from accurate history,” and will not support any Republican candidate for school board who supports critical race theory or mandatory masking of children.

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California Teacher Placed On Leave For Removing USA Flag And Telling Students To Pledge Allegiance To Pride Flag

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A California teacher was placed on administrative leave after jokingly telling students to say the pledge of allegiance to the pride flag she had in her classroom after she removed the American flag because it made her uncomfortable.

“During third period we have announcements and they do the Pledge of Allegiance. I always tell my class, stand if you feel like it, don’t stand if you feel like it, say the words if you want, you don’t have to say the words so, my class decided to stand but not say the words, totally fine,” Kristan Pitzen said. 

Pitzen then explained that she removed the American flag in the classroom because it made her “uncomfortable.” When a student told Pitzen it was weird to to not have the flag to say the pledge allegiance to, she said they could say the pledge to the flag they did have in the classroom which was a pride flag.

The school district said in a statement:

“We are aware that one of our teachers posted a video on her personal social media that caused alarm and concern related to saluting the American flag.

“We assure you that we take matters like this seriously. 

“Showing respect for our nation’s flag is an important value that we instill in our students and an expectation of our employees.

“The teacher is no longer in the classroom and has been placed on administrative leave.

“As always, we follow due process requirements.”

“Just super disgusted,” parent Stephanie Cox said. “I just could not believe how ignorant she seemed to be.”

From NBC:

A spokesperson told NBC News that the district has a policy regarding flags, requiring each school to conduct daily “patriotic exercises.”

Those include reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and “may also include instruction that promotes understanding of the concepts of ‘pledge,’ ‘allegiance,’ ‘republic,’ and ‘indivisible’ and understanding of the importance of the pledge as an expression of patriotism, love of country, and pride in the United States.”

It adds that individuals may choose not to participate in the flag salute for personal reasons. A policy about displaying the American flag requires it to be flown “at the entrance or on the grounds of the school,” NBC News reported, but does not mention the flag’s display in individual classrooms.

Also tucked away among the American flags outside the school Monday were a handful of rainbow flags, and a sign saying “Liberty for all.”

One pride flag was initially covering one of the American flags, prompting parent Julieanne Papa to call the school, then remove the pride flag from the poster with Cox and place it nearby.

“I’m all in support of the pride community, but it doesn’t belong taped over the American flag so I just put it next to it,” said Cox.

“Yes, I think [the teacher] should be removed from classroom,” said Papa. “I think fired and removed from school district.”

“When I saw the video I was sad that an educator was doing that,” she added.

TEACHER MOCKS THE AMERICAN FLAG AND SUGGESTS TO STUDENTS THEY CAN SAY THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE PRIDE FLAG: PIC.TWITTER.COM/1QTS5XJPLN

— LIBS OF TIK TOK (@LIBSOFTIKTOK) AUGUST 27, 2021

SHE SHOWS OFF ALL THE PRIDE FLAGS IN HER CLASSROOM AND SAYS “I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE QUEERS” PIC.TWITTER.COM/EQXE1OFPOW

— LIBS OF TIK TOK (@LIBSOFTIKTOK) AUGUST 27, 2021

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Ron DeSantis to Sign Executive Order Protecting Parental Decisions About Masks: ‘Fairest Way to Do It’

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“Very soon I’ll be signing an executive order which directs the Florida Department of Education and Department of Health to issue emergency rules protecting the rights of parents to make this decision about wearing masks for their children. We think that that’s the most fair way to do it,” he said during a press conference in Cape Coral:

The governor continued:

I have young kids. My wife and I are not gonna do the masks with the kids. We never have. I want to see my kids smiling. I want them having fun. Look, my kids are a little younger, but I can tell you, whatever you think of masks, you gotta wear it properly. My kids ain’t gonna wear that thing properly. We know that.
I wouldn’t want to do that, but at the same time, look, if a parent really feels that this is something that’s important for their kid, we’re not stopping that. They absolutely have every right to equip their student with whatever types of masks that they want and have them go school if they believe that that’s a protection that’s important for their children. I think that’s the fairest way to do it: to let the parents have the decision. It would not be fair if we told parents who want the kids to wear masks they weren’t allowed to do it. But it’s certainly not fair to force parents who don’t believe the masks are good for their kids to force them to have to send their kids in masks.

Last week, DeSantis affirmed his administration will not mandate schools require kids to wear masks when they return for in-person learning in the fall, Breitbart News reported.
“We want kids to be able to be kids,” he noted. “We need them to be able to breathe. It’s terribly uncomfortable for them to do it. There’s not very much science behind it.”

During an interview Tuesday on the Mark Levin Show, the governor said President Joe Biden’s administration wants kindergartners “muzzled with a mask,” but regarding people crossing the border illegally, “they don’t give a damn about COVID at that point.”

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Larry Elder Wants to Be First ‘Good Governor’ California Has Had ‘in a Very Long Time’

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Larry Elder, talk radio host, author, and Republican gubernatorial candidate in California, highlighted emergency powers vested in the governor as tools to combat crime, homelessness, and governmental failures in management of public education, energy resources, and water treatment.
“I’ve got the power to declare a statewide emergency [if elected governor],” Elder said on Sunday with host Joel Pollak. “I can do that on crime. I can do that on homelessness. I can do that on education. I have the veto power …  [and] also have a line item veto, and I have the power to appoint people to these various commissions that are shoving down all these rules and regulations down the throats of the American people.”

Pollak noted that if elected, Elder would be California’s first black governor.
Elder said, “I think of [myself] as a guy who’s … from the hood, public school product, got some common sensical ideas to bring to the table, and I want to be the first good governor we’ve had in a very long period of time. That’s all I want.”

Elder described his decades of experience as a talk radio host as a pedigree of public speaking and persuasion.
“They’re afraid I’m able to talk to Independents, to Democrats, to blacks to Hispanics, in a way that no Republican ever really has,” he stated.
Last week, Elder won his court challenge against the decision of California Secretary of State Shirley Weber’s decision to exclude him from a list of candidates in a recall vote of Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA).
“I never really said this was racism,” Elder said of the attempt to deny his candidacy for California governor. “I said it was faceism, as in my face, as in Larry Elder, as in somebody who can communicate, break down barriers, and that’s what Republicans can do in this state if they have somebody to go to the inner city, go to the barrio, talk to blacks and talk to Hispanics the way I do.”
He continued, “I’m a product of public schools. I know how bad they are, and they’re afraid I’m going to bring a message to regular people in a way that a lot of Republicans in the past haven’t done, can’t do, and they’re afraid of that. That’s what’s going on here. It’s not racism, it was faceism, as in Larry Elder’s face.”

Elder expressed support for “school choice” to improve accountability within and competition between government-funded schools.
“There’s a connection between these ridiculous left-wing policies and the crappy K-through-12 education that people are getting in urban schools,” Elder noted. “Seventy-five percent of black boys in California, cannot read at state levels of proficiency, and the bar is already low.”
“Fifty percent of third graders cannot [read at state levels of proficiency]. In my former high school — Crenshaw High School, which was featured in that movie Boyz n the Hood — only two percent are math proficient,” he said.

Public school teachers in California who are parents are twice as likely to place their children in private schools than in public schools, Elder said.
“I want to support the issue of [school] choice,” he held. “The money should follow the child rather than the other way around. That’s a big threat to them. I’m taking on the public sector unions. They have so much power. The largest funder of Gavin Newsom’s race was the teachers’ union, and as I mentioned, they don’t put their own kids in public schools.”

He added, “The majority of black and brown parents living in the urban setting support choice in school, yet they go into that in a voting booth and pull the lever for the party that does not get them what they want. I’m able to say this to them in ways no other Republican ever has, and they’re they’re scared to death I’m going to peel off some Democrats and some Independent support, and they’re right.”
Despite issuing stay-at-home orders and mask-wearing mandates as part of broader lockdowns across California, ostensibly to reduce coronavirus transmission, Newsom was photographed dining at French Laundry, a $350-per person restaurant in the Golden State’s Napa Valley.
Elder said, “I think he’s trying to run from the pantry in the French restaurant because he’s not gone on TV to defend his record, so all the enthusiasm is on our side.”
Newsom has not agreed to a public debate against Elder.

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