Sarasota School Board Vice Chairman Tom Edwards proudly boasted this week that there are school board members who are “woke” and “working from within” to indoctrinate children, making these remarks ahead of the Aug. 23 primary, when voters have a chance to flip the school board in favor of pro-parent, pro-student conservatives.
“Here in the State of Florida, there are the school board members who are awake,” Edwards proudly said, speaking at Wednesday’s “Support Our Schools” event.
“We are here. We are working to support you. You should know that we have your back,” he continued, bragging about how woke school board members are working from the “inside” to push these forward. radical left programs.
“And we work in the best strategic place because we are inside or we work from inside. And that’s from my point of view, I spent not quite two years gaining credibility and confidence. It is a long and slow process. But I’m not the only one in the state of Florida,” Edwards continued, saying there are coalitions “formed to protect.”
He continued, apparently lamenting that too many teachers, administrators, and “machines” have accepted all the pro-student, pro-parent standards adopted by the DeSantis administration. However, he said that school board members like him “don’t accept it anymore”:
I don’t want to hear another member of the media or a Democrat say that “WOKE” is a @RonDeSantisFL boogeyman created.
Here we have a seated SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER who brags about being ‘WOKE’, working from a ‘STRATEGIC SPOT’ in ‘THE INSIDE’ and forming WOKE COALITIONS across the state. pic.twitter.com/65F6N1Xdqu
— Christian Ziegler 🇺🇸 (@ChrisMZiegler) August 5, 2022
The remarks were made during the community forum, which was describe as an event featuring education professionals offering “an insight into the new curriculum that clearly seeks to whitewash our history.”
DeSantis-backed school board member Bridget Ziegler, wife of Florida Republican Vice Chairman Christian Ziegler, is among the members of that particular school board and told Breitbart News that Edwards is among those who demonize the parents for expressing their frustrations.
“Tom Edwards and Radical Liberal Activists Push Narrative Blaming Parents for Passionate Tone of School Board Meetings, Say Indoctrination Doesn’t Happen, and Call Frustrated Parents Fighting to Protect Their Children ‘Domestic Terrorists'” , she said.
“He and his radical activists claim to be part of the ‘moderate majority’ in an attempt to mislead the public. Meanwhile, he prides himself on being WOKE, being strategic and working ‘inside’ to build coalitions to push his WOKE agenda forward,” she added.
In a March interview with Breitbart News, Ziegler, who remained at the helm of the school board fight before the national awakening, explained that left-leaning school board members across the country are adhering to a playbook to deploy their radical program points in an attempt to maintain a monopoly in the education sector.
“When you stand up and you are elected, you automatically become part of this association and they tell you that your job is to support the superintendent. [It’s] it’s not about protecting, supporting, representing taxpayers or focusing on financial stewardship or… it’s more about not dissenting, a lot of groupthink, getting in line,” a she declared.
She said later Breitbart News Saturday that “there is a playbook, and, what I think so many people have now realized, following the great post-COVID parental awakening, the same playbook that is happening in Sarasota County is happening across the state and across the country.
“It relies heavily on the indoctrination of local politicians to professional development [given] to educators, and that trickles down to indoctrinating our students with a very left-wing progressive agenda,” she continued.
The Sarasota School Board race is of particular interest because it offers voters an opportunity to overturn the decision. Of the county’s five school board seats, three are in place, including Ziegler’s.
Last month, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis released a list of endorsements for school boards in the Sunshine State, casting them as individuals who will put students and parents first, fighting critical race theory. (CRT) and radical gender ideology injected into classrooms. His endorsements for Sarasota include Ziegler, as well as Robyn Marinelli and Timothy Enos.