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The big story: On Monday, state Sen. Manny Diaz Jr. recognized Martin Luther King Jr. Day by reposting on social media a quote from the assassinated civil rights leader. It was the one that many people tend to use when they want to emphasize equality over equity, as they suggest that we live in (or at least should live in) a race-blind society.

Today we honor Martin Luther King, Jr., a champion for civil rights. He strove not to change the Constitution but to ensure the rights it contains are applied to all. pic.twitter.com/NqMNQoD9fA

— Florida GOP (@FloridaGOP) January 17, 2022

Today at 11 a.m., Diaz introduces his bill (SB 148) on “individual freedom,” which would bar teachers from attempting to “indoctrinate or persuade” students about race matters, to the Senate Education Committee. You can watch Diaz talk about his bill on this Newsmax video. Conservative Floridians have made much ado about how race gets taught in schools, as they insist without offering examples that educators are presenting materials intended to make children hate themselves and hate America.

Longtime Pinellas County history teacher Brandt Robinson has been accused of such behavior. He fought the allegations and won his case. He’s urging other teachers and school districts not to fall victim to the rhetoric, and to keep teaching U.S. history truthfully.

Schools across Florida have felt the heat, facing criticism for the books they have on their shelves. One Broward County high school temporarily halted release of its yearbook amid complaints how it presented student participation in Black Lives Matter activities. The decision to ban certain books didn’t stop there, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

It’s not just Florida. Schools in New Hampshire are having the same types of conversations, the Concord Monitor reports.

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Florida Department of Education officials are seeking more ways to maintain oversight of Jefferson County schools. After exploring several possible takeover i

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