Once again Democrat Charlie Crist’s running mate is called out for spreading falsehoods about Gov. Ron DeSantis’ education policies.
On Friday, the Twitter account DeSantis War Room, which supports the Republican incumbent, posted a video showing that Karla Hernandez doesn’t know, or is purposefully misleading the public about, what history lessons Florida students must learn.
Either way, it’s a bad look for the Miami teachers’ union boss who promotes her career as an educator.
In an interview with Politico earlier on Friday, the “Latina teacher trying to win Florida” — as Politico described Hernandez in its fawning interview, although it would be more correct to say she’s trying to help Crist win Florida — berated DeSantis for teacher pay and trying to fight the indoctrination of children on sexual and racial issues.
“Here in Florida, we have over 9,000 vacancies [for teachers and staff in public schools]. It’s a self-inflicted wound, because this state is 48th in the nation in how it pays its teachers. It’s a shame. If we actually respected educators and paid them what they’re worth, then maybe we wouldn’t have 9,000 vacancies,” Hernandez told Politico. “After suffering through a pandemic, now is a time where we need to really invest in education, to make sure that all kids have the resources that they need so that they can overcome any educational gaps.”
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We could stop right there and point out that Florida’s K-12 education budget is $24.3 billion for 2023, a new record and up 7.5 percent from last year. We could also note that Florida’s students suffered far less academically than almost every blue state because DeSantis reopened schools on time during the pandemic.
Hernandez continued, “What we’re also seeing is an attack on our profession. We have a governor who bans books. We have a governor who wants to censor teachers, who doesn’t want us to [build] inclusive classrooms. We see teachers as truth-tellers. We believe in seeing the good, the bad, and the ugly.”
“When he applauds ideas like changing the word ‘slavery’ and calling it ‘involuntary relocation,’ teachers have a big problem with that, because we have to call things what they are,” Hernandez added.
With those comments, Hernandez only reaffirmed that she and Crist support the sexualizing and LGBTQ-ification of lesson plans for even Florida’s youngest children since they oppose the Parental Rights in Education law that prohibits instruction in sexual orientation and gender identity for kids in grades K-3.
DeSantis War Room’s contribution was to correct Hernandez about how slavery is taught in Florida.
To its credit, Politico corrected Hernandez with an editor’s note that pointed out the idea to replace the word “slavery” in textbooks is from Texas, not Florida.
But DeSantis War Room went further by noting that under state law slavery must be taught in Florida’s schools, as noted in a video the Twitter account posted of DeSantis talking about his anti-woke instruction bill in April.
The governor noted that his critics will “lie” about his policy, and say “they don’t want you to learn about the history and all the key things.” He then pointed out what’s required under Florida law.
In fact, defining the teaching of black history is the longest section of the state’s “required instruction” law for public schools.
As the law notes, among things students must learn are “the history of African Americans, including the history of African peoples before the political conflicts that led to the development of slavery, the passage to America, the enslavement experience, abolition, and the history and contributions of Americans of the African diaspora to society. Students shall develop an understanding of the ramifications of prejudice, racism, and stereotyping on individual freedoms, and examine what it means to be a responsible and respectful person, for the purpose of encouraging tolerance of diversity in a pluralistic society and for nurturing and protecting democratic values and institutions.”
“You must breach about African-American history. You teach about the institution and the abolition of slavery,” as well as the issues that led to the civil rights movement, DeSantis said in the video.
“You teach all of that because it’s real history and it’s important,” he added.