Ron DeSantis ‘Education Agenda Tour’ gears up in final weekend before Primaries
Ron DeSantis seeks to pump another $1 billion into education, including more teacvher bonuses. Image via Facebook.

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DeSantis starts out the afternoon in Miami-Dade, where he’s backing Roberto Alonso and Monica Colucci.

Details are coming out in drips and drabs, but Gov. Ron DeSantis is putting more than money behind his push to reshape Florida’s School Boards. He’s embarking on what’s being billed on the invitations as the “DeSantis Education Agenda Tour,” with stops already announced Aug. 21 in Miami-Dade, Sarasota and Volusia counties.

The pull intended for some of these events may be larger than just local folks for the handful of School Board races. The appearance in Ormond Beach, for instance, is listed as an event on the website for the Republican Federated Women of The Villages, which is roughly 75 miles or more than a 90-minute drive away. 

“Please join Governor Ron DeSantis on his DeSantis Education Agenda Tour across the great state of Florida,” according to the EventBrite invitation for the Volusia County event. “Doors open promptly at 3:00 PM and will close at 5:00 PM. Attendance is limited and all tickets are first come, first served.”

DeSantis previously endorsed Fred Lowry and Jamie Haynes for the Volusia County School Board. He also gave his backing to Christy Chong and Jill Woolbright in Flagler County and Phil Leary in Putnam County. DeSantis picked two for Duval County School Board — April Carney and Charlotte Joyce — and one, Erin Skipper, for Clay County School Board.

The stop is set for Bruce Rossmeyer Harley-Davidson on U.S. 1. The Volusia County Republican Party shared the invite with the public Friday evening

The Sarasota County event is scheduled to last 3-5 p.m., so it’s not clear when DeSantis will leave Florida’s west coast for its Atlantic coast in order to make both appearances, nor from an earlier stop in Doral to Sarasota.

The tour stop in Sarasota is at the Sahib Shrine Event Center on North Beneva Road.

“Who is ready to see Governor Ron DeSantis in Sarasota?” Sarasota County School Board member Bridget Ziegler said in a social media post. “Join Pro-Parents, Student First Governor Ron DeSantis and me at the DeSantis Education Tour in Sarasota, FL on Sunday, August 21st!

This RALLY will take place just days before the Sarasota County School Board Election on Tues, Aug 23rd. I hope to see you there!”

Along with Ziegler, DeSantis endorsed Timothy Enos and Robyn Marinelli for the Sarasota Board.

DeSantis starts out the afternoon in Miami-Dade, scheduled to appear for a 1-3 p.m. event at Miami-Dade Firefighters Local 1403 in Doral, where he’s backing Roberto Alonso and Monica Colucci.

Asked to explain the DeSantis position on getting involved in nonpartisan School Board races, First Lady Casey DeSantis told Moms for Liberty at their national summit that it was about helping like-minded candidates who aren’t used to the political sphere and getting their platform in front of voters.

“That’s really what it becomes, a name-recognition thing for a lot of folks, because there’s no political affiliation,” Casey DeSantis said at the time. “Sometimes you don’t know who you’re voting for. It’s hard to be able to find what their principles are, but you know if that is a DeSantis-backed candidate, there are nine things that individual believes in that align with both the Governor and I have to say about education.”

Wes Wolfe

Wes Wolfe is a reporter who's worked for newspapers across the South, winning press association awards for his work in Georgia and the Carolinas. He lives in Jacksonville and previously covered state politics, environmental issues and courts for the News-Leader in Fernandina Beach. You can reach Wes at [email protected] and @WesWolfeFP. Facebook: facebook.com/wes.wolfe


11 comments

  • Virginia

    August 15, 2022 at 8:18 am

    I’m so sad for teachers. Florida public education is being ripped to shreds! I just retired! Done!

    • Mark Wallace

      August 16, 2022 at 7:59 pm

      Florida public education ripped *itself* to shreds long before Gov. DeSantis appeared on the scene. In my county of Palm Beach, only HALF of public school high school students are doing English and math at grade level.

    • Alexis Spiegelman

      August 20, 2022 at 7:35 pm

      Thank you for retiring.

      • Bekah Dale

        August 20, 2022 at 9:51 pm

        Agreed ! Go Gov Desantis! Rescue out school children!

        • Christine Sanders

          August 21, 2022 at 4:59 pm

          rescue our school children from what? Guns, books, thinking???… THEY DO NOT TEACH ANYTHING PERTAiNING TO GENDER IDENTITY to elementary school children…
          The only thing Desantis is teaching is to shut up and agree with him, no thoughts of your own or else you’ll get punished. Just like he punished Disney, orTampa Bay Buckaneers and anyone else who speaks out–soon he’ll be coming for you.

          • Mark Wallace

            August 21, 2022 at 7:29 pm

            Sorry, but Cancel Culture (“shut up and agree”) is strictly a Democrat phenomenon. When Rep. Pressley declared that “We don’t need any black faces that aren’t black voices,” do you think she was saying it was okay to have thoughts of your own? And yes, elementary school children are already taught (for example) that they can choose their “pronouns.” Stop pretending that Democrats are open-minded. They aren’t.

  • Brian Lotts in Jacksonville

    August 15, 2022 at 10:55 am

    Along with many many other educators, I’m not returning to the classroom this Fall. The Florida legislature and Ron DeSantis have stifled creativity and inclusion. I feel that Florida is missing the mark in its mission to prepare students for the future. I’ll miss the children but to tell you the truth I’m making more money waiting on tables.

    • Mark Wallace

      August 20, 2022 at 10:24 pm

      How were you “preparing students for the future,” when, in my county of Palm Beach, less than half of them could do math at grade level?

  • Lyle E Davis

    August 16, 2022 at 1:51 pm

    For the many who call them educators and are against any thing good, decent, honest, and fair, do not even know the difference between a boy and a girl, and say they are not returning to the classroom this year, I say, THANK YOU LORD ..

  • Fred Collins

    August 16, 2022 at 4:21 pm

    Thank you Lyle. You nailed it.

  • Janet Hood

    August 20, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    I am so thankful that we have such a wonderful Governor! Ron DeSantis has shown he is a real leader and cares for our children while so many out there act wounded by his actions….no child should be subjected to bizarre sexual preferences of adult educators or be openly taught about private body choices nor made to feel intimidated by adults activities….its incredible that we have to legislate what should be common sense and principles.

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