GOP Picks Their Biggest 2024 Issue

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( – Republicans have been focusing a lot of their attention on education as they prepare for the 2024 election session. Former President Trump has now stated that parents need to be responsible for electing principals and that the Department of Justice should play a role in school discipline for troublesome students.

In the meantime, both Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem have pushed to prohibit critical race theory from being taught in schools.

Youngkin, who was the first to push for the focus on education during his gubernatorial campaign two years ago, on Thursday during a town hall discussed critical race theory, school safety, and parental rights in education. During the discussion, he continued to support his position that transgender students should be banned from playing on sports teams that align with their gender identity and talked about his willingness to push for legislation that would provide guidelines for the removal of books from school libraries.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has faced widespread criticism for the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which blocks any instruction about gender identities and sexual preferences for children younger than the third grade. Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley on the other hand has stated that DeSantis’ law is not strict enough and that it should be extended to older children as well.

As it appears, Republicans hoping to win the White House in 2024 will need to push their education policies far enough to be successful.

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