(TheIndependentStar.com) – On October 4, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it would start policing school board meetings to watch for parents inciting violence. The DOJ decided that the observed increase in threats against school personnel requires federal intervention, but some leaders do not agree with this point of view.
On October 20, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) vowed to keep the DOJ out of his state’s school matters. He said the move is a scare tactic from the Biden Administration. He said the DOJ’s action seeks to silence parents and allow schools to do whatever they wish without any obligation to hear voices in opposition.
DeSantis said the DOJ needs to stay out of it, adding that Florida law enforcement can handle any issues effectively. The governor insisted he will not cooperate in any federal efforts.
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DeSantis also vowed to stand up for parents’ rights. He said he will uphold the First Amendment and not allow the feds to infringe on those rights. The governor further stated he will not permit intimidation tactics against parents who only want the best for their children to occur in his state.
The governor seems to have support from local school officials. Lynn Gray, the Hillsborough County School Board chairperson, said she finds parental involvement important and respects when people get passionate about an issue. Carol Cook, the chairperson for the Pinellas County School Board, drafted a letter in opposition to the National School Boards Association letter to President Biden that started the DOJ involvement.
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