Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed legislation introducing a new state holiday while announcing a mandate requiring public school students to educate themselves about the “atrocities” perpetrated by Communist regimes.
DeSantis signed House Bill 395, causing the state of Florida to now recognize November 7 as “Communism Victims Day.” The bill comes as lawmakers continue other efforts to combat Critical Race Theory (CRT) in schools.
The new law went into effect immediately and was described by DeSantis as a day to commemorate “hundreds of millions of people who suffered under communist regimes around the world.”
“Honoring the people who have fallen victim to communist regimes and educating our students about these atrocities is the best way to ensure history does not repeat itself,” DeSantis said in a statement. “Through HB 395 and the funding announced today, we ensure that the stories of those who fled communist regimes and their experiences will be preserved and not forgotten by our students. While it is fashionable in some quarters to gloss over the history of Communism, Florida will stand for truth and remain a beachhead for liberty.”
Under the new law, all public schools must observe the day. High school students are given a minimum 45-minute lesson on communist regimes and how “victims suffered” in their United States government class. Teaching on communist subjects will be required from the 2023-2024 school year.
Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez said at a news conference Monday that the law is part of a statewide push to eliminate CRT in classrooms.
“Through the actions we are taking today, along with actions we have already taken, such as removing critical race theory, ‘awakened’ ideologies from our classrooms, we are ensuring that parents have the right to make decisions for their children meet,” said Nuñez called.
In April, DeSantis signed a law titled the Individual Freedom Measure banning CRT in schools to prevent students from feeling “guilt” and “fear” for the past actions of other members of their race. The bill also revised the requirement for instruction in slavery and black history.
According to The Brookings Institution, a Washington-based nonprofit public policy organization, CRT says that social institutions in the United States, including the criminal justice and healthcare systems, are “riddled with racism embedded in laws, regulations, rules and procedures , which lead to different results depending on the breed”. , DC
“We will always ensure that our students receive the best education, free from socialist ideologies, critical race theory and wake-up notions, which we will not allow,” Nuñez said.
news week has reached out to DeSantis for comment.
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