President Joe Biden decried Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’s Department of Education and its counterparts across the country that have clamped down on the types of books being taught in schools. DeSantis fired back that Floridians want Education, not indoctrination. “Did you ever think, even you younger teachers, did you ever think you’d be teaching, and you’d be worried about book-burnings and banning books, all because it doesn’t fit somebody’s political agenda?” Biden demanded to know, speaking at the White House Wednesday. “American teachers have dedicated their lives to teaching our children and lifting them up,” he went on. “We’ve got to stop making them the target of the culture wars. That’s where this is going.” [tweet_embed] May 1, 2022[/tweet_embed] President Biden made the assertions at an East Room event celebrating the Council of Chief State School Officers’ 2022 national and state teachers of the year. Biden, who spoke after first lady Jill Biden, expressed pride in his wife for persisting as a Northern Virginia Community College English and writing professor, despite her East Wing duties. “It’s not enough to give teachers praise,” he insisted to the friendly crowd. “We ought to give you a raise.” Biden also reflected on his motivations for becoming a politician, explaining he embarked on a political career because “the greatest sin anyone can commit is the abuse of power.” [tweet_embed] May 1, 2022[/tweet_embed] Last week, DeSantis’s Administration rejected 54 of the 132 mathematics books submitted for use as part of the state’s 2022-23 curriculum, most of which were for grades K-5. His department said its decisions were based on identified references to so-called Critical Race Theory, Common Core, and social-emotional learning. “It seems that some publishers attempted to slap a coat of paint on an old house built on the foundation of Common Core, and indoctrinating concepts like race essentialism, especially, bizarrely, for elementary school students,” DeSantis declared at the time. [tweet_embed] May 1, 2022[/tweet_embed] Separately, DeSantis, in his run for reelection, is considered a potential 2024 GOP presidential candidate. He has made voting legislation a focus this year, pushing the Republican-controlled Legislature to create the policing unit in a speech where he referenced unspecified cases of voter fraud, which have become popular talking points in his party. Republicans nationwide have stressed the need to restore public confidence in elections and have passed several voting laws in the past two years to place new rules around mail and early voting methods that were popular in 2020 as the Coronavirus pandemic disrupted in-person voting.