On May 4, 2021, Florida Citizens Alliance (FLCA) published an open letter to Governor DeSantis & Education Commissioner Corcoran titled “Critical Race Theory Open Letter to Governor DeSantis and Commissioner of Education Corcoran. Recent quotes from Hillsdale College’s “Imprimis” newsletter provide some insight into what Critical Race Theory really is: “Critical race theory is fast becoming America’s new institutional orthodoxy… built on the intellectual framework of identity-based Marxism. There are a series of euphemisms deployed by its supporters to describe critical race theory, including “equity,” “social justice,” “diversity and inclusion,” and “culturally responsive teaching.” Critical race theorists, masters of language construction, realize that “neo-Marxism” would be a hard sell. Equity, on the other hand, sounds non-threatening and is easily confused with the American principle of equality…. It has been injected into government agencies, public school systems, teacher training programs, and corporate human resources departments in the form of diversity training programs, human resources modules, public policy frameworks, and school curricula.” [See entire Imprimis article here]. FLCA’s open letter acknowledges the amazing and bold leadership that Governor DeSantis is providing to Floridians on all fronts! And his strong declaration that “wacko” Critical Race Theory will not be tolerated in Florida is more than welcome. But we know the devil is always in the details. Right now all 67 Florida school districts are adopting and purchasing English Language Arts (ELA) textbooks. Many of these materials are published by the same progressive publishers that gave us, and the rest of nation, Common Core. Unfortunately, while the textbooks being adopted do reflect much of the great work the FL DOE did to create the new B.E.S.T ELA and Math standards, these materials being adopted also contain all of the tentacles and subtle aspects of Critical Race Theory. Once purchased, these materials will be in our schools for the next 4-6 years. This is unacceptable for our 2.8 million pubic school children. Your help is needed with this Action Alert to urge Governor DeSantis & Education Commissioner Corcoran to: 1) Stop the adoption of ELA textbooks until the FL DOE can be 100% confident that all the textbooks and teacher editions are completely free of Critical Race Theory and its many tentacles (The solution is original sourced materials and classical literature already in the B.E.S.T. ELA Standards.) 2) Strictly prohibit any school district in Florida from accepting a direct federal grant related to Critical Race Theory or its many tentacles. So far, 48 amazing Florida organizations have signed in support of FLCA’s open letter and many more are asking to sign on. ACTION In concert with FLCA , the organizations listed are making a strong Statement to Governor DeSantis & Education Commissioner Corcoran to protect our children. With your help, we need to create a thundering roar! We ask that each of you complete and submit the petition at right. It will automatically be sent to Governor DeSantis & Education Commissioner Corcoran directly.