The state of Florida continued a national trend of parents regaining control of public schools on Tuesday evening by switching several significant school boards from liberal to conservative.
This election year, Florida’s school board elections have been a hotbed of political activity, with well-known Republicans like Gov. Ron DeSantis and Rep. Byron Donalds endorsing candidates and becoming involved in the campaign.
Florida conducts general elections for their school boards, which means the victors will be the actual members of the boards, while primary elections were held in Florida, New York, and Oklahoma on Tuesday.
The 1776 Project PAC, a group that has played a key role in turning school boards nationwide from liberal to conservative, has sponsored several of the victorious candidates.
Florida experienced “huge electoral gains all around the state tonight,” said Ryan Girdusky, the founder of 1776 Project PAC, in a statement to Breitbart News on Tuesday. “It demonstrates the nationwide desire of parents and citizens for some normality in our educational system, and that includes fighting against critical race theory, critical gender theory, and equality that undermines academic excellence.”
The 1776 Project PAC wants to spread these achievements around the nation, he added.
County of Sarasota
A 4-1 conservative majority has replaced a 3-2 leftist majority on the Sarasota County School Board.
Bridget Ziegler, Robyn Marinelli, and Timothy Enos—three conservative candidates—all prevailed in their races to turn the board.
Both Gov. DeSantis and the 1776 Project PAC supported each candidate.
Following the election victories of three conservative candidates, the Clay County School Board now has a 3-2 conservative majority.
The 1776 Project PAC supported Erin Skipper, Michele Hanson, and Ashley Gilhousen, all of whom were elected to office.
The Florida surgeon general recently heard evidence from Wendell Perez, a parent, who claimed that Clay County Public Schools covertly began “transitioning” his daughter, 12, without his knowledge. This school board has been the center of much controversy.
The daughter of Perez received masculine pronouns and a male name. Soon later, she made an attempt on her life in a school bathroom.
Jacksonville City / Duval County
On Tuesday night, the Duval County School Board, which includes the City of Jacksonville, made a conservative switch.
Charlotte Joyce and April Carney, who had the support of DeSantis, were successful in keeping their seats; Joyce beat out Elizabeth Andersen. The 1776 Project PAC also supported both candidates.
Andersen had been recorded using racially aggressive rhetoric towards black parents in her school district in recent weeks, according to Breitbart News, and labeling any who dissented with her publicly “tokens.”
Changing the Flow
The governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, visited several school boards in the days before election day as there were other additional school boards up for election in Florida on Tuesday.
School boards all around the nation are switching to conservative control as a result of an increase in worried parents after the discoveries about equity, critical race theory, and gender ideology, flourishing in K–12 schools.
Low voter participation and uncontested contests used to be the defining characteristics of school board elections.
Since 2021, conservatives and parents seeking to protect their kids from leftist brainwashing and unwarranted medical care have turned to education as a winning topic.