At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, no one was more adamant about forcing kids back into classrooms than Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. DeSantis threatened to cut funding to schools that refused to open or tried to conduct remote classes. He threatened the jobs of school administrators in order to force them to drop masking rules.
He even compared schools opening classrooms in the middle of a deadly outbreak to winning the war against terrorism, saying that just as “SEALs surmounted obstacles to bring Osama bin Laden to justice,” schools in one Florida county would find a way to open. Cue the martial music.
Then back in March, DeSantis signed a bill that expanded a school voucher program previously designed for underprivileged kids to extend benefits to every parent in the state. Now Florida home-school parents are doing exactly what might be expected under a system that has almost no guardrails: They’re using their DeSantis Dollars to buy big screens, expensive toys, and passes to Disney World.
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