Manny Diaz Jr. to Continue as Education Commissioner for DeSantis’ Second Term

November 23, 2022 Updated 4:03 PM ET

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TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Education Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. will continue to serve in his position as the governor prepares for a second term.

“Manny Diaz is an advocate for our parents, teachers and schools. He has worked with me to keep indoctrination out and put parents in charge of their children’s futures,” DeSantis said on twitter today with a compilation Diaz’s comments.

“I am honored to continue the fight for our parents, students and teachers working with you!” Diaz exclaimed in response.

DeSantis tapped Diaz to serve as education commissioner in April of 2022. Diaz had served as a state senator from Hialeah. Commissioner Diaz and Governor have been in lockstep with regard to policies and legislation for students.

Diaz had championed the “Stop W.O.K.E Act” to ban schools from teaching that anyone is “inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously.” The DeSantis Administration strongly supported the law.

The education commissioner also supported legislation to create the Charter School Review Commission and supported the proclamation on “Victims of Communism Day.”

“As a Cuban American, growing up, being born and raised in this community, the older exile Cubans always told us of the tactics of the communist regime in Cuba which are very similar to the Chinese where they told us that they would infiltrate our institutions to be able to spread their propaganda and hurt this country,” Diaz said in the video montage.

Diaz also fully supported the Parental Rights in Education Act which was falsely described as the “Don’t Say Gay” law by its opponents. The law prohibits K-3 graders from being instructed on gender identity and sexual orientation.

He also backed DeSantis’ decision for Florida to become the first state to reopen schools for in-person instruction five days a week during the 2020-2021 school year. 

“The economy in Florida is so prosperous because of the decisions that Governor DeSantis has made to keep us open, to have our kids back in school in-person right away, and keep our schools open,” Diaz explained.

Diaz has credited DeSantis’ leadership for Florida being ranked as number one in the U.S. in higher education as well as keeping tuition low “so our students in Florida can actually afford to go to college without being saddled with debt.”

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