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Beyond a beautiful smile

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Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, currently a Democrat, has chosen Karla Hernandez-Mats as his running mate.

Who is Karla Hernandez-Mats?

Since 2016, she has been the president of the United Teachers of Dade, the largest teacher union in the southeastern United States. She is also listed as a vice president on the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Website.

The AFT fought to keep schools closed during the 2020-21 school year. When schools across the nation opened, the AFT supported sickout-strikes, leaving students out in the cold.

This forced many students into remote learning. The classroom was now in the living room. Subsequently, parents now had a real time view into what their children were learning — a sliver lining in the devastating impact of Covid policies.

Parents across the nation began showing up at school board meetings to voice their concerns. Curriculum content and mandated masking were the top concerns. The school boards responded with arrogance and feigned indignation.

The National School Board Association went so far as to label parents who opposed mask mandates and critical race theory as domestic terrorists. The association penned a letter Sept. 29, 2021, to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland requesting the FBI investigate such parents, and Garland complied.

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This further outraged parents, prompting more scrutiny on school boards and the teacher’s unions. Why is this relevant? Because Hernandez-Mats has expressed the same arrogance and feigned indignation toward parents. Parents who object to their children being taught they are inherently racist; taught they can be a boy, girl, or anything in between; or taught sexually explicit material are enemies of the unions.

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Covid had a silver lining in exposing the true character and agenda woven into the public education system. Beyond that beautiful smile, Hernandez-Mats has shown herself to be hostile to parental rights.

This puts the Democrat candidates exactly opposite Gov. Ron DeSantis, who fought to keep schools open and the economy moving, leading the nation in that regard.

But it also ensures they will be propped up financially by the very wealthy teachers union.

James Carafano

James Jay Carafano is a leading expert in national security and foreign policy challenges. He is the Vice President of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, and the E. W. Richardson Fellow Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC. Carafano is an accomplished historian and teacher as well as a prolific writer and researcher.


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