The Florida legislative session kicked off this week with Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R) State of the State address and they’ve shown no sign of slowing down in combatting the leftist agenda as one state senator introduced legislation to further tamp down on woke school boards.
In 2022, the Florida legislature took great strides to tackle the damages of progressivism in the Sunshine State and rewarded the representatives by giving Republicans a supermajority and reelecting America’s Governor by an astounding 20-point margin. After already instituting term limits for school board members last year, state Sen. Blaise Ingoglia (R) believes even more can be done, and he introduced two new bills to help further stymie the indoctrination of Florida’s youth.
Tuesday, Ingoglia introduced SB 1110 and SB 444 to amend current Florida laws related to school board members. The first, which had been filed on Feb. 22, 2023, would reduce the term limits for school board members from the 12-year limit imposed by DeSantis last year to an even shorter eight year-limit.
“I don’t think government should be a lifetime position,” the senator who represents Citrus, Hernando, Sumter and parts of Pasco County on the west coast of Florida told Fox News Digital.
In speaking with the outlet, he argued that a lack of term limits facilitates a lack of preparation for the next generation to lead as those interested in public service would see no viable path to replace a current member.
Ingoglia went on to explain of the bill, which would also apply to county commissioners, that these restrictions are already placed on state legislators so it makes sense to do the same at the local level and, more importantly, it would help weed out the activists.
“What we’re finding out is a lot of these school board members, these leftist school board members, aren’t watching out for [students]. They’re watching out for the radical leftist in their party and radical union types,” he contended. “This is a much-needed bill to help get the school system back to what it’s supposed to be doing: educating, not indoctrinating.”
As for the other bill, it would amend the residency requirements for school board members making it easier for individuals to relocate to school districts. First filed on Jan. 30, 2023, SB 444 would change the law so that instead of requiring a candidate to reside in the district by the time they qualify for office, it would now allow a candidate to meet residency requirements by their first day in office should they be elected.
Doing so would encourage potential candidates to run for school boards knowing that, were they to lose, they would not be left residing in a school district yet to have woke members put in check.
Previously, Ingoglia had made waves when he filed SB 1248 which would “immediately cancel the filings” of any political party that had endorsed slavery, i.e. the Democratic Party during the conventions of 1840, 1844, 1856, 1860 and 1864.
Florida lawmaker files bill to ‘cancel’ Dems for past support of slaveryhttps://t.co/BUunDbIhLq
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) March 1, 2023
“For years now, leftist activists have been trying to cancel people and companies for things they have said or done in the past,” the state senator said in a statement. “This includes the removal of statues and memorials and the renaming of buildings. Using this standard, it would be hypocritical not to cancel the Democrat Party itself of the same reason.”
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