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A Florida mother and Sarasota County school board member reacted Thursday to news that the Florida Board of Education voted to ban critical race theory from state classrooms.

The rule, initially advanced by Gov. Ron DeSantis, instructs Florida schools to be “factual and objective,” and limits teaching of certain ideas regarding race and history. 

The rule reads: “Instruction on the required topics must be factual and objective and may not suppress or distort significant historical events, such as the Holocaust, and may not define American history as something other than the creation of a new nation based largely on universal

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WASHINGTON – The Senate has confirmed Deb Haaland as interior secretary, making her the first Native American to serve in a presidential Cabinet.

The vote was 51-40. All Democrats and a handful of Republicans voted to confirm her.

“Rep. Haaland’s confirmation represents a gigantic step forward in creating a government that represents the full richness and diversity of this country, because Native Americans were, for far too long, neglected at the Cabinet level and in so many other places,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said on the Senate floor before the vote Monday evening. 

For more than 171 years,

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The Senate on Monday confirmed Rep. Deb Haaland as interior secretary, making her the first Native American in U.S. history to serve in a president’s Cabinet.

Haaland, elected to the House of Representatives in 2018, earned the support of several key Republican senators despite early GOP opposition to her nomination. The vote was 51-40.

This isn’t be the first time Haaland has made history. She was also one of the first two female Native Americans in Congress. Haaland worked in New Mexico state politics before seeking federal office and is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna tribe.


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