FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Gubernatorial Battle Lines Drawn In Florida Over Anti-Israel Bias In Textbooks







Having successfully waged and won a statewide media campaign in Tennessee that captured major national attention in exposing the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel content in a Pearson Published textbook, as well as the crisis of the “disinformation” epidemic in American textbooks, Proclaiming Justice to The Nations (PJTN) Founder and President, Laurie Cardoza-Moore launched a similar battle across the state of Florida in September.

Laurie Cardoza-Moore stated, “With the rise of anti-Semitism on our secondary school campuses, this hatred is being fueled through propaganda by publishing companies like Pearson Publishers."  "There is a new form of anti-Semitism emerging.  Not only is it anti-Israel, but it’s also anti-Judeo/Christian and anti-West,” Moore said. “This same anti-Semitic and anti-Judeo/Christian propaganda is being spread through our public school textbooks.”

“Pearson Publishing also sets the standards and controls the testing for Common Core Standards,” she said. “Other key players in the controversial Common Core Standards initiative include Jeb Bush as one of the architects behind its implementation across the U.S. and Bill and Melinda Gates who are major financial supporters.  Gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis recently stated, ‘We need to get rid of common core and ensure that every child has access to a great education in Florida,’" Ms. Cardoza-Moore stated.

In a recent article in The Buzz, Emily Mahoney wrote that “DeSantis has repeatedly harkened on the campaign trail to the need for Florida to throw out the Common Core standards.  Yet Florida doesn’t use Common Core.”  Ms. Mahoney is publishing “disinformation”  regarding Common Core.  She has obviously not done her research, or she intentionally left information out.  Florida changed the name of its curriculum, however, it never did away with Common Core.  It's just been repackaged and labeled to confuse concerned parents across the state.

Recently, Democrat Andrew Gillum’s running mate, Chris King, deemed the anti-Israel point raised by DeSantis a non-issue.  King went on to say that, “The only way he defeats a visionary candidate like (Gillum) us to distract and to create division,” King said of DeSantis. Further, King went on to state, “This is not a problem.”

"Who is the visionary and who is oblivious," stated Laurie Cardoza Moore?  “With the rise of anti-Semitic incidents occurring on secondary and higher-ed campuses across the U.S. in general and Florida specifically can be directly tied to the anti-Israel bias being peddled in our schools by teachers, professors, textbooks and instructional materials.  The fact that Gillum is not aware of this threat should raise red flags about his competence.”

In fact, in response to this growing threat throughout the U.S., President Trump’s Department of Education’s Ken Marcus, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Education announced that in its investigations into discrimination, he would use the “working definition” of anti-Semitism that is “widely used by governmental agencies” including the State Department.

In a recent article published by ADL, Florida continues to be in the top four states reporting incidents of anti-Semitism, with New York, New Jersey, and California, reporting higher incidents. “This year’s audit, most notably the increases in anti-Semitic vandalism and harassment, are painful reminders that anti-Semitism still poses a threat," noted Scott Notowitz, ADL Florida Regional Chair.

Ron DeSantis is listening to his constituents and looking at the preponderance of evidence of concerned organizations, parents, grandparents and citizens at large within the state who have expressed growing outrage over the indoctrination in textbooks being used by students within the state.  Examples of textbooks examined have been found to contain gross inaccuracies, biases and values that do not reflect Floridians.  The content in the textbooks include “social justice” agendas, revisionist, and distorted, or abbreviated American history, anti-Semitic, anti-American, anti-Judeo/Christian and pro-Islamic content that violates our U.S. and state Constitutions by favoring the religion of Islam over all others.   Most egregious of the textbooks in question are those published by British-based Pearson Publishing whose major shareholders include the governments of Qatar, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

Fueled by her national appearances on the Fox News Channel, the Tennessee campaign spearheaded by Cardoza-Moore successfully mobilized an army of concerned parents and citizens to take back local control of their children’s education. The grassroots effort swelled to find school board members removed, state laws passed to ensure textbook accuracy be put in place and the content of Pearson published books in question revised or removed.  Florida was among the key states to recognize and respond to PJTN’s national call for textbook accuracy.

“In coming to my home state of Florida, I was not surprised to see Pearson Publishing at the center of the biased textbooks,” noted Cardoza-Moore in a recent statement.  “While American parents have been overwhelmed trying to provide for their families, over the past several decades, Pearson has established a monopoly in public education.  It is estimated that Pearson Publishers owns 80% of the textbooks being used in U.S. schools.  Additionally, they have been successful in their revision of our American history, in de-valuing of our Judeo-Christian religious beliefs, in redefining our American values and in the taking of the minds of our children, grades K-12, hostage. One of their principal editors, Shabbir Mansuri openly defined his agenda when he wrote: ‘I am waging a bloodless revolution, promoting world cultures and faiths in America’s classrooms.’  The public education system is failing our nation’s students and putting the future of our constitutional republic in jeopardy.  Ronald Reagan stated, "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream.  It must be fought for, protected and handed on for them to do the same."  I have a single message: "America, we must wake up!  We are losing our next generation of leadership in this country.”

PJTN is issuing an immediate call to action for concerned citizens to get informed about this growing threat and to challenge candidates from the Governor’s race to the local school board who have no clue about this epidemic in Florida schools by resourcing their website at to sign a petition demanding textbooks used by students statewide be accurate, unbiased, reflective of American values and not in violation of the U.S. Constitution on the presentation of favoritism of one religion over all others.


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