Florida governor vetoes civic education bill citing ‘action civics’

By: | July 1, 2021

For months, Gov. Ron DeSantis has been riding a wave of conservative moves, such as banning Critical Race Theory, supporting proposed civic standards that don’t include the word slavery and requiring campus surveys to ensure conservative ideas are not suppressed.

Now, DeSantis has vetoed a civics education bill, SB 146 — which got bipartisan support from lawmakers — in part because of what’s called “action civics,” which critics consider leftist.

What does action civics mean?

According to a commentary posted on the website of The Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit, conservative think tank, action civics “encourages students to participate in protests and demonstrations more than study history and our founding ideals, and understand the structure of American government.”

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