Some are calling out the Republican governor for using many of the same tactics found in dictatorial governments, such as voter suppression, book banning, censorship, and state-mandated political indoctrination.
Florida did not include 54 of the 132 submitted textbooks on the state’s list. This represents a historic rejection of 41% of the books submitted for review.
Now the state will have a "progress monitoring" system in which students will be given smaller tests, likely in the fall, winter, and spring.
Conservative groups in particular have been publicly objecting to books they claim to be inappropriate for school-aged students and have even asked officials to remove certain titles from libraries.
The numbers showing those who support the legislation and those who oppose it, fall into sharp contrast according to whether respondents were Democrats or Republicans
Two gubernatorial contenders warn that children will be the collateral damage of this Republican plan.
Cardona, who is of Puerto Rican origin, said teachers should be treated with "respect and dignity."