Florida Democrats attempt to counter DeSantis with school board endorsements 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Democratic Party this week endorsed a slate of 18 school board candidates as a direct response to Gov. Ron DeSantis throwing his political weight into getting more conservatives elected to local posts during the midterms.

The move, among the first major actions taken by Democrats on the local education front that Republicans have seized on, draws clear lines in what have historically been non-partisan races.

Between the two sets of dueling endorsements, there are currently seven school board races pitting candidates backed by DeSantis against those supported by Democrats.

Florida’s school board elections are set to play out on Aug. 23.

“Education is supposed to be a ladder to the future for our kids,” Florida Democratic Party Chair Manny Diaz said in a statement Monday. “However, it seems that the only future Ron DeSantis cares about is his own.”

Education has emerged as a leading issue approaching the 2022 midterms since

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