Rick Scott expects ‘unbelievable turnover’ on school boards in 2022
Scott will be rallying in Georgia. Image via AP.

Rick Scott 2.5.21
'It was always hard to raise money, to get people active in school board races. Not now.'

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Rick Scott is holding to his prediction that 2022 will be a Republican wave election and that school boards will change in the wake.

“It was always hard to raise money, to get people active in school board races. Not now,” Scott affirmed. “All across this country, people are saying, ‘Those people have impacted my kid’s future and I’m not going to let these incompetent people controlled by the teachers’ unions run my kid’s life and ruin my ability to get my kids a good education.'”

Scott, during a Friday appearance on the “Hugh Hewitt Show,” forecast “unbelievable turnover” on school boards, with parents rising up against “incompetent” incumbents.

“I think one of the reasons that we’re going to win is that parents are going to be involved in these school board races,” Scott told Hewitt, saying conditions have never been more favorable for a conservative takeover of the local panels.

“Every parent knows that the future is their kids’ education,” Scott said, predicting that this momentum would give Republicans victories up and down the ballot.

Scott expects cultural backlash to prevail, as he has said before.

“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 said in December on the Brian Kilmeade Show.

Scott isn’t the only Republican predicting school board races will be culture war battlegrounds.

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


  • Frankie M.

    January 21, 2022 at 1:53 pm

    It’s amazing how worked up these jokers get over something that’s not even taught in public schools. Gotta feed the base tho!

    • Oscar

      January 22, 2022 at 9:33 am

      It’s amazing how jokers like you believe what you see on CNN and MSNBC.

  • ScienceBLVR

    January 21, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    Ok… when was the last time Rick listened to a school board meeting? My district is quite large and often these meetings go one for hours about very pedestrian and mundane topics. They are not all fun, games, and CRT discussions.. If he thinks Congress is boring, you know, the minutia of actually working to help Floridians with things that matter, like a workable employment system, affordable housing, health care etc- Wait, just wait till he sits through a school board meeting.

  • Charlotte Greenbarg

    January 22, 2022 at 9:44 am

    He’s spot on about school boards. They’re beholden to the lobbyists who donate to their campaigns, and the corruption in construction and purchasing is monumental in most of them. CRT is taught under the guise of other names.

  • Steven Hernandez

    February 2, 2022 at 12:48 am

    Instead of worrying about an issue that is so childish like critical race theory, Senator Rick Scott and Desantis should focus on making laws on affordable housing so that Floridians are not displaced by northeners. Rents are being increased by 800-900 dollars in 1 year. Florida is becoming unlivable. This is the issue I will be voting for next election.

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