DeSantis focused on electing Republicans to Florida school boards –

(NewsNation) — After nearly all of the 30 school board candidates he endorsed in recent elections have won their races, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis now wants to help elect more conservatives.

DeSantis announced his intentions to get more Republican representation on school boards at an event this week called the “Freedom Blueprint.” A representative for the governor told NewsNation that parents, current DeSantis-endorsed school board members, teachers and potential future conservative school board candidates attended.

These moves to influence school board careers by DeSantis are unprecedented. Local school board races are usually nonpartisan.

But in the Freedom Blueprint, DeSantis said school boards have not reflected the values ​​of the communities “they were supposedly elected to serve.”

“We are proud of what we were able to accomplish in school board races in 2024,” he said. “I think this gives us an opportunity to change more of these boards across the state of Florida.”

A DeSantis effect has already been felt in several Florida school districts. NewsNation previously reported that the conservative school board leaders elected this year have been removing school leaders for their handling of COVID-19 mandates. During the pandemic, DeSantis was very vocal in criticizing most of the restrictions intended to stop the spread of the virus.

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