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Schools must add anti-communism curriculum

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Facebook
via WUSF
Calling it a “blockbuster day for freedom,” Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that will require public-school students to observe Victims of Communism Day on Nov. 7 each year.

Nov. 7 was already National Bittersweet-Chocolate-with-Almonds Day, National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day and National Retinol Day.

Now it's Victims of Communism Day in Florida.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a measure into law Monday to honor the 100 million people, he says, who have fallen victim to communist regimes around the world.

The designation requires the state Board of Education to add lessons about the destructive effects of communism to the social studies curriculum in public schools for the 2023 school year.

The law also gives DeSantis authority to extend observance of the day beyond public schools, as it requires that Victims of Communism Day “be suitably observed by public exercise in the State Capitol and elsewhere as the governor may designate.”

DeSantis signed the measure (HB 395) at the Freedom Tower in Miami, where Cuban refugees who fled to South Florida in the 1960s were processed as they arrived in the United States.

Information from the News Service of Florida was used in this report.