Rick Scott forecasts ‘unbelievable’ school board changes in 2022
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Rick Scott 2.5.21
The Senator claims school boards tell kids they are 'oppressors.'

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott continues to project optimism about the electoral climate for Republicans, forecasting an “unbelievable” shift in school boards in 2022.

During an interview Wednesday morning on Fox News Radio’s Brian Kilmeade Show, the Senator said there would be an “unbelievable number of school board changes this next year.”

Scott expects cultural backlash to prevail.

“Because parents are fed up with these school boards telling them that your kid’s oppressed or your kid’s an oppressor. That is so crazy,” Scott added.

Scott, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, closed out 2021 trumpeting much of the same message he has all year, an expectation that critical race theory can be used to mobilize November voters.

“We’ve got to talk about it. But I’ll tell you one thing, it’s going to change. It’s going to change school boards all across this country,” Scott said in July on the Hugh Hewitt Show on the Salem Radio Network.

Scott added that he expects young conservatives to carry the argument.

“I gave a speech to Turning Point USA, 4,000 national college kids. They are revved up to make sure they get better school board members. That’s where that’s going to get fixed,” Scott added.

Scott offered a Senate resolution expressing opposition to critical race theory, an umbrella phrase covering the legal argument that structural racism continues to have institutional consequences.

“The far-left wants Americans to believe that our nation is inherently racist and bad. They want to discredit the values America was founded on. They’re wrong. We can’t stand by and allow ’woke’ liberals to divide our nation,” Scott said when he filed the resolution.

Florida students have been prohibited from learning about critical race theory, and Scott’s successor as Governor likewise promises it will be a wedge issue next year.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has vowed to use critical race theory and “mandatory masking” as litmus tests in traditionally nonpartisan school board races.

On a June episode of “Unfiltered with Dan Bongino,” DeSantis vowed to turn his “political apparatus” against school board candidates who oppose his educational reforms.

“Local elections matter. We are going to get the Florida political apparatus involved so we can make sure there’s not a single school board member who supports critical race theory,” DeSantis said.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


7 comments

  • Kathy

    December 29, 2021 at 11:19 am

    On a June episode of “Unfiltered with Dan Bongino,” DeSantis vowed to turn his “political apparatus” against school board candidates who oppose his educational reforms.

    “Local elections matter. We are going to get the Florida political apparatus involved so we can make sure there’s not a single school board member who supports critical race theory,” DeSantis said.

    And, there you have it. I dont support CRT, however, Desantis making unilateral decisions is getting ridiculous. So much for locals voting for their school boards.

    • Patricia

      December 30, 2021 at 12:58 pm

      My question is when did DeSantis become an expert on child education? He barely won the election standing on the shoulders of a largely uneducated public and now he is trying to tell us how to educate our children! As more professional better educated Northerners move to Florida, they make the demands to protect their children with masks and vaccines, upscale the quality of education here in Florida and ask for higher wages for those responsible for teaching their children. Dinosaur Scott might have to change his message.

  • PeterH

    December 29, 2021 at 11:23 am

    What Scott failed to mention is that Critical Race Theory has been around since the 1970’s …..and is not taught in elementary schools because of the complexity of the subject matter.

    All of a sudden…..after decade after decade of a function of some high school curriculum….. Republicans latched onto a new dog whistle.

    Once Republicans start policing the classroom and libraries …. the current short supply of teachers will quit.

  • tom palmer

    December 29, 2021 at 12:05 pm

    Bring on the book burners, Sen. Medicare Fraud. We can hardly wait for those clowns to begin performing.

  • Sister Conrad, Saint Thomas More Academy

    December 29, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    “We can’t stand by and allow ’woke’ liberals to divide our nation,” says Mr. Scott, a man who would never think of using scare tactics to divide and conquer. Never, ahem, never.
    Now, related point: Ricky is making claims without offering specifics, such as who, what, when and where. I tell my 7th grade students that claims without names are mighty lame, and smack of propaganda. When he complains about “…these school boards telling (parents) that your kid’s oppressed or your kid’s an oppressor,” and fails to provide specifics he very much appears to be pulling it all out of his ass, excuse my French.
    And why would Mr. Scott pull that accusation out of his bottom if not to scare his followers, divide them from the better informed, and let that scariness fester into anger against local school board members he cannot name or locate, but who are surely out there somewhere and are to him small fair game, easy pickings, advantageous targets.
    So, no, he can’t stand by and let woke liberals divide our nation, that’s his job, bless his heart. My goodness, what a tiny little man.

  • Charlotte Greenbarg

    December 30, 2021 at 8:19 am

    And now the curs of the far left release the rhetorical panic as they realize what’s in store for them!

    • Concern Citizen

      December 30, 2021 at 8:47 am

      Perhaps we should not include WW2 in our history classes. I am German and it is insulting and hurtful to me to learn that we fought the Germans in this War.
      Curious “what’s in store for them”? Reeducation camps that are similar to those in North Korea?

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