Gov. DeSantis promotes new Florida civics education program offering teachers $3,000 bonuses
Civics education in Florida schools continued Tuesday on a bumpy course under Gov. Ron DeSantis, who touted a new, $3,000 bonus program for teachers after vetoing civics literacy legislation just last month.
DeSantis struck down the civics literacy measure only weeks after the state’s Board of Education complied with his demand and banned the teaching of so-called critical race theory in Florida’s K-12 schools.
Critical race theory, which explores the impact of slavery and racial injustice on society, is not directly taught in Florida schools. Talk of the concept, though, has enflamed conservative TV and the governor was quick to respond.
But at an Orlando charter school, DeSantis promoted the need for improved civics education – and highlighted a $3,000 bonus program for teachers who complete training for a program called the “Florida civic seal of excellence.”
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