Left-wing billionaire George Soros’ meddling in the criminal justice system has made many big metros unlivable. His efforts also prompted Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to suspend two Soros-backed prosecutors who proudly announced intentions to not follow state laws.
Now, DeSantis’ administration is looking into Soros possibly spreading his ideology into one county’s public schools.
According to the Florida Standard on Tuesday, the Florida Department of Education is investigating whether Duval County Public Schools used training materials created by a Soros-backed nonprofit that promotes “restorative justice.”
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In an August 2021 piece promoted by President Joe Biden’s Justice Department, Vermont Law School Lindsey Pointer noted, “At its core, restorative justice defines ‘justice’ in a radically different way than conventional criminal justice responses. Rather than justice as ‘punishment,’ restorative justice conceives of justice as ‘repair’ to the harm caused by crime and conflict.”
Pointer further wrote, “Rather than a need for the person who caused the harm to be punished, what we hear [from crime victims] are needs for information, validation of their experience and pain, assurance that it will not happen again, repairs, and an apology.” Pointer maintained that such a system could even be applied in felony cases, perhaps in violent incidents.
In Jacksonville, the DOE’s Office of Safe Schools Vice Chancellor Scott Strauss sent a letter to the superintendent of Duval County’s schools seeking the training materials the school district received from the International Institute for Restorative Practices.
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The IIRP is a nonprofit funded by Soros’ Open Society Foundations. The Florida Standard reported that the school district is using the materials to train teachers, courtesy of a $1 million from the Biden administration.
Noting passages of the material that were read aloud at a School Board meeting by member Charlotte Joyce, the Florida Standard reported that when unruly students disrupt classmates, IIRP training handbook suggests that “instead of swift disciplinary action … teachers halt classroom instruction and hold a group therapy session.”
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