On Monday, Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the “Parental Rights in Education” bill into law on Monday

The DeSantis Effect? Three County School Boards Flip Red And Oust Superintendents

As The Free Press reported on Wednesday, school boards in Sarasota and Brevard counties ousted district superintendents in November after conservatives captured control of the panel.

It appears Florida school districts got the message sent by the voters.

As The Free Press reported on Wednesday, school boards in Sarasota and Brevard counties ousted district superintendents in November after conservatives captured control of the panel.

Now add Broward to the list.

In each termination case, the makeup of the county’s school boards shifted to lean conservative after newly-elected members were sworn in.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis may have played a role.

DeSantis, who endorsed recently elected members who flipped the school board majorities, signed an executive order in July 2021 requiring schools to give parents the ability to opt their students out of school mask mandates.

The order came in response to schools implementing mask mandates in 2020, as The Free Press reported.

On Nov. 29, Sarasota County Schools Superintendent Brennan Asplen agreed to step down after the school board criticized mask mandates which Asplen backed.

Asplen, who took over in 2020, called the board’s citing of his COVID-19 response “ridiculous.” School Board Chair Bridget Ziegler noted that the relationship between the board and the superintendent was broken.

On Nov. 22 Brevard County Superintendent Mark Mullins, who faced backlash for supporting an extended mask mandate, agreed with the school board to enter into separation negotiations.

With three superintendents out the door, advocate groups like Moms for Liberty claim that more changes are yet to come.

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