Although many teachers, activists, and mainstream media outlets sought to disparage Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ effort to give parents more input in the state’s education system, a majority of voters seem to approve.
That was the result of a recent poll conducted in battleground states – Florida, Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Georgia – by the American Federation of Teachers.
In addition to the 56% of respondents who want to see public schools “focus less on teaching students about race and racism and more on core academic subjects,” the survey determined that a majority of voters want parents to have an increased role in understanding and influencing what their students are studying.
For his part, DeSantis has remained resolute in defending his policy in the face of targeted attacks by progressive groups and pundits.
He recently described his stance as one “that says our school system is for educating kids, not indoctrinating kids,” adding: “We’ve also drawn a clear line to say parents have a fundamental role in the education of their kids.”
When presented with the proper context, parents nationwide have long voiced support for policies like those advanced by the DeSantis administration.
NEW: Poll of likely voters in six Senate battleground states:
– 56% support law protecting girls’ sports.
– 56% support ban on sex changes for kids.
– 60% support Florida’s “Parental Rights in Education” law.
– 77% support age verification for porn.https://t.co/nsHPi9hEAY
— American Principles 🇺🇸 (@approject) May 12, 2022
The fact that DeSantis’ message is resonating with the American people was apparent during a recent NBC News article that begrudgingly conceded the governor “has been smart about where to draw the line.”
Of course, his press secretary noted the “sad” fact that “Democrats and teachers unions needed a poll to know what is best for children.”
Delaine Bomar added that it is obvious “you’re doing the right thing when even liberal outlets like NBC recognize Governor DeSantis is doing the right thing by parents and students of Florida.”
A similar debate played out during the runup to last year’s gubernatorial election in Virginia, with its result widely interpreted as a win for advocates of parental rights in educational matters. Republican Glenn Youngkin scored a decisive victory over Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat who suggested that parents have no legitimate interest in knowing what their students learn in public schools.
The advocacy group Building Education for Students Together was one of several organizations that celebrated the election results. Laura Zorc, the group’s education reform director, proclaimed that “parental rights in education were on the ballot” and parents “delivered on their promises to vote these elites out of office.”