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RI School Superintendents Group: “We all know many of our citizens live in a separate news reality with Fox, Newsmax and their ilk”

RI School Superintendents Group: “We all know many of our citizens live in a separate news reality with Fox, Newsmax and their ilk”

Documents obtained by Legal Insurrection Foundation reveal that Rhode Island School Superintendents Association was working with “our union friends” to modify public records laws, while demonizing parents like Nicole Solas who sought records of Critical Race and Gender teaching.

The South Kingstown, Rhode Island, School Committee triggered a national controversy when it threatened to sue local mother Nicole Solas, who has a child enrolled in kindergarten for the fall, alleging Solas was serving too many public information requests regarding Critical Race and Gender efforts in the schools.

What started out as a controversy over an individual mother seeking information blossomed into a larger issue which has revealed efforts by school superintendents to fight back against parents allegedly associated with “right wing” groups, particularly Parents Defending Education (PDE).

Legal Insurrection Foundation has learned that the Rhode Island School Superintendents Association (RISSA) is spearheading an effort to alter the RI Access to Public Records Act (APRA), using highly charged partisan political messaging among its members. RISSA has enlisted the help of friendly legislators and unions in a behind-the-scenes effort that denigrates “many of our citizens [who] live in a separate news reality with Fox, Newsmax and their ilk.”

Background – Threats To Sue Nicole Solas

The story of the threatened lawsuit against Solas was first published in an op-ed by Solas at Legal Insurrection, and then spread far and wide. For detailed background, please see our prior posts:

The short version is that Solas served approximately 200 APRA requests, after school officials allegedly did not provide her the information she was seeking. Solas asserted that school officials instructed her to use that method, and that the number of requests was high because she found the school officials more responsive to narrow individual requests, than one large request. She also asserted that serving specific separate requests kept the costs down, as the school district once wanted to charge her over $9,000.

Solas said that initially the school district was cooperative, but then was shocked to find her name on a School Committee Agenda for public hearing as to whether the School District should sue her. She also was the target of a campaign by the School Committee Chair Emily Cummiskey accusing Solas of being connected to a “national racist group.” The accusation was made to the Providence Journal, in a Facebook post (archive), and again at the public hearing, where for the first time Cummiskey identified PDE as the supposedly national racist group in question. The accusation has been repeated by other local media.

The lobbyist for RISSA also gave a statement to the Projo:

Timothy Ryan, lobbyist for the Rhode Island Association of School Superintendents, identified the group responsible for bombarding school officials with public records requests as Parents Defending Education.

“They want to cripple” the South Kingstown schools as officials are busy with next year’s budget and pandemic rules, he said.

[Note – as we have written multiple times before, we know PDE and two of their top officials, Nicole Neily and Asra Nomani, have appeared at Legal Insurrection Foundation webinars. To term PDE “racist” is outrageous.]

At the end of the meeting it was revealed that the District made no attempt to resolve the dispute with Solas prior to putting the lawsuit on the agenda. That led to the Committee passing a motion not to sue but also directing the district’s attorney to try “mediation” of the dispute.

Solas has publicly denied working with other groups, much less a “racist” group, with regard to the public requests to the South Kingstown School District.

After the national attention, and at a subsequent School Committee meeting, Cummiskey blamed a Public Relations firm working with the School Committee’s legal counsel, for the accusations made against Solas:

And at this time I would like to let my fellow committee members know that I am going to be resigning as the chair. I would also like to just offer that, just a few points of clarity because it feels something the last person could have spoken for a couple more minutes. It feels like this agenda item was put in very quickly after last Wednesday’s meeting, and, I wanted to clarify what happened in the events that led up to last Wednesday’s meeting. I was approached by Fox News, as I believe we all were, requesting a statement and several od, two of my fellow school committee members reached out, encouraging me to make a statement, as the chair, I would be responsible for, the person that made a statement for the, made a statement in reaction to the Fox News story.

I said that I was not comfortable doing so unless I reached out and consulted with our legal team. It was a time-sensitive manner as there was a deadline and Aubrey [legal counsel] worked tirelessly along with a PR firm that she obtained to create a statement to this unprecedented situation. The PR firm delivered me three statements, one for social media, one for Fox News, and one to read at last Wednesday’s meeting. I’m not a media specialist, I’m not a PR specialist and I’m not an attorney. So what I did is I followed the advice of the PR firm that our legal team obtained.

I am a masters prepared educator. I believe to my core that every single person has potential. I believe in equity, I believe in anti-racism. So I made those statements that the PR firm gave to me to make. They encouraged me not to follow up, not to respond. And I followed that advice. I take responsibility for okaying an agenda last Wednesday that was inflammatory. I don’t believe that any individual was trying to create more chaos.

Suspicions of Something Else Behind The Attacks On Solas

On June 4, 2021, the Legal Insurrection Foundation served a public records request on the South Kingstown School District seeking, among other things, records as to the statements by Cummiskey about Solas and PDE. Those records should reveal the approval process and PR firm, but we have not yet received a response as South Kingstown invoked a statutory extension of time to respond.

As I wrote on June 9, 2021, the aggressiveness of the attack on Solas did not make any sense. Why the over-the-top and vitrolic reaction to Solas? Why no attempt to resolve it before putting the vote whether to sue her on the public agenda? Why drag PDE into it?

Something more had to be going on, I surmised, and that something seemed to involve RISSA:

The aggressiveness with which the South Kingstown (Rhode Island) School Committee went after local mom Nicole Solas, for filing a series of public records requests regarding Critical Race and Gender activities in the school system, has never made sense. We now have a partial answer – the smear of Nicole in public statements by the School Committee Chair was drafted by a Public Relations firm….

From the get-go I felt something else was going on here. That Nicole was being singled out and made an example of for some other reason….

Why was PDE dragged into it not only by Cummiskey, but also by the lobbyist for the Rhode Island School Superintendents Association (RISSA) in a statement to the Providence Journal? That narrative is being pushed in local media, where there is fearmongering about other districts being subjected to extensive public records requests.

I don’t believe in coincidence, or that this narrative is organic. Something else is going on here. Last Friday, June 4, 2021, I filed a public records request with the South Kingstown school district seeking, among other things, records of communications with the Superintendents Association and public sector unions regarding Nicole and/or PDE, and records as to how Cummiskey’s statements were approved….

Something is going on here that has nothing to do with Nicole. We will be investigating whether there is a coordinated effort to intimidate the public into not filing public record requests regarding Critical Race activities in schools by smearing them as racist.

As mentioned above, we have not yet received a substantive response to our public records request to South Kingstown. But separately we served public records requests on numerous school districts seeking records of communications with RISSA regarding Solas, PDE, and issues related to the burden of APRA requests. While there remain many school districts that owe us documents, what has been produced confirms, in part, my suspicions.

RISSA – Demonizing the Opposition

Communications with public school superintendents are subject to public records requests. The emails produced to us so far pursuant to APRA reveal a panic toward Solas, initiated by South Kingstown Superintendent Linda Savastano, that then was acted upon by Tim Ryan, the lobbyist for RISSA, in seeking to effect a change in the law that would vest the Attorney General’s Office with the ability to resolve disputes as to allegedly burdensome APRA Requests.

Equally or more important, the records reveal a political hostility to “right wing” parents and groups, and PDE is a particular focus. RISSA shared among Superintendents conspiracy theories about PDE.

On Friday, May 28, 2021, at 1:27 p.m., Ryan (RISSA’s lobbyist) sent an email with the subject line “Parents Defending Education,” to, among others, Thomas DiPaola (Executive Director of RISSA), Timothy Duffy (Executive Director of the Rhode Island Association of School Committees)(RIASC), and several state legislators and superintendents, as follows;

Good Afternoon,

I spoke with Rep. Tanzi and Linda Savastano this afternoon about a group causing a huge disruption to the South Kingstown Schools. In the past several weeks, an individual associated with Parents Defending Education has filed over 140 APRA requests. The requests center on efforts to address racism, but focus on the Superintendents’ emails, teacher salaries, and programs to address racism.

I plan on contacting the Attorney General’s office to see how abuse of access to public records requests might be addressed.

Below is a link to the organization’s purpose. They have been active in Columbus Ohio and Cambridge MA.

Tim

https:// dianeravitch. net/2021 /04/05/maurice-Cunningham-the-rise-of-an-astroturf-rightwing=parentsgrou P/

The link at the end is to a post repeating allegations by alleging PDE is an “astroturf rightwing” group.

Just a little while later that afternoon, on May 28, 2021, at 1:42 p.m., Duffy of RIASC emailed back to Ryan calling PDE a “right wing group” and linking to an appearance by Erika Sanzi of PDE on Tucker Carlson (emphasis added):

They are a right wing group that openly admits that APRA requests are part of their strategy.

Parents Defending Education Erika Sanzi on Fox’s Tucker Carlson

At 1 :25 of the YouTube video, Rl’s own Erika Sanzi discusses the use of APRA.

https:// youtu.be/9a0yeoYQO2s

As the video and PDE’s website make clear, PDE does advocate the use of public records requests as a means of parents obtaining information that schools do not voluntarily provide. But there’s no indication that PDE urges parents to use public records requests as a means of harassment or to overload school systems, or that PDE had anything to do with Solas’s requests at issue.

Here is the referenced appearance by Sanzi of PDE:

Representative Carol Hagan McEntee also was brought into the loop late in the day on May 28 by Sevastano, as were several other legislators on the email list.

May 28, when all this RISSA activity was taking place, also is the day the item about suing Solas was added to the South Kingstown School Committee Agenda for June 2 (in order to comply with the Open Meetings Act). We have not yet received records that might shed light on the interaction, if any, of the potential lawsuit against Solas and the RISSA reach out to legislators and others.

On June 1, 2021, at 3:01 p.m., Ryan sent an email to the group of Superintendents and others attaching a proposed legislative amendment to APRA:

Good Afternoon,

Below is a letter I just sent to the Speaker’s policy director. I have spoken with the AG’s office and Ben.

I’ll keep you up to date.

Tim


Lynn,

Below is a communication from the Superintendent of the South Kingstown Schools. She has received over 200 APRA requests in the lats week from a single individual. This individual is associated with a Koch Brothers-funded group called Parents Defending Education. The leader is a Rhode Islander, Erica Stanzi, who recently appeared on the Tucker Carlson show, claiming her group is fighting the indoctrination of children in public schools. One of their stated strategies is to flood districts with APRA requests. Westerly and Barrington received APRA request from the same group today.

I called the AG’s office and was informed there was no provision under current law that identifies excessive requests.

I spoke with Teresa Tanzi who is considering a legislative solution. Below is a possible draft.

Thanks

Tim

It’s not clear what the records request served by PDE on Barrington referenced in the email was about. But it might be the big scoop PDE uncovered through APRA, where two Barrington teachers allegedly gave students an extra 5 points to testify about a legislative bill to ban CRT. If that was what PDE uncovered, it proves the utility of APRA, not that it should be scaled back, and certainly does not reflect abuse.

Teresa Tanzi, mentioned in the email, is a state representative from the South Kingstown area.

Here is the proposed legislative language accompanying the above email:

High Volume Or Multiple Requests For Access To Documents

In the event any request or series of requests for public documents under this statute to a single recipient is considered to be overly burdensome, that the recipient may request that the Attorney General intervene to form a reasonable compliance plan.

Such request must be made within ten business days after receiving the request. The Attorney General shall consider all such requests, determine if compliance within the terms of the statute are unduly burdensome to the recipient, and upon such finding shall develop a compliance plan. The Attorney General is authorized to waive any timelines in this statute in its compliance plan.

The Attorney General shall issue regulations effectuating this section on or before _________

On Wednesday, June 2, at 1:37 p.m., with the School Committee hearing scheduled for that evening, Ryan emailed numerous superintendents and others about the legislative efforts (emphasis added):

Good Afternoon,

I’ve been working hard on the APRA request from the Parents Defending Education Group:

• I’ve been in touch with Linda about tonight’s SK School Committee meeting and the media
• I spoke with Steve Brown of the ACLU and he’s open to amending the law to deal with excessive APRA requests
• I forwarded the conversation with the ACLU to the Speaker’s Office
Tim Duffy and I are in touch with our union friends.

Tim

An email request to Brown of the local ACLU seeking information on whether he is “open” to this proposal, and its current status, has not yet been responded to as of this writing. [UPDATE 6/21/2021 7:30 pm – See Brown response at bottom of post]

The warnings about PDE had an impact, with one superintendent responding to Ryan on June 2, 2021 at 8:02 p.m.:

Thanks for this information, Tim.
Poor Linda can’t catch a break.

On June 3, after the South Kingstown School Committee voted not to sue Solas, at 3:21 p.m. Ryan emailed numerous superintendents and others with additional information about PDE [text unrelated to PDE or Solas or APRA removed by us]

Good Afternoon,

[redacted]

After talking to Linda, I think we need to educate our members and their school committees on Parents Defending Education group. I’m trying to be cautious so we don’t get sued so I’m sending the links to what others have said.

Below is for the memo tomorrow:

The session continues as final decisions are being made on a number of education-related bills.
1. [redacted]
2. [redacted
3. The excessive number of APRA request that Linda Savastano is dealing with in SK has revealed a
huge failing in existing law. I’m working for a legislative solution and conferring with the ACLU, who
at this point are being reasonable.
4. [redacted]
5. [redacted]

Tim

Attachments:
StickTogetherlt.docx 14k

The attachment appears to be a memo about PDE, as follows (emphasis added)

It’s never been harder to be a Superintendent and I am so proud to work with such a great group of dedicated and courageous professionals. There are recent developments we need to watch and provide support for one another.

We all know many of our citizens live in a separate news reality with Fox, Newsmax and their ilk. Radicalized followers of this type of media have been on social media throughout the year and we might not realize how nasty it’s become. Mark and Alicia have been called horrible things and vilified by a home-grown group in Westerly; Gina has been dealing with a similar situation in Chariho; a director of Parents Defending Education filed an APRA request in Barrington and now Linda is facing death threats in South Kingstown.

South Kingstown has been inundated with APRA requests (over 240). I’m working with our friends in the Legislature and have communicated with Common Cause and the ACLU to look for solutions. We need to be aware of common links. See the links below and reach out to support one another.

https://www.masspoliticsprofs.orb/2021/04/12/koch-connections-and-sham-grassroots-of-parentsdefendin~-
education/
https://legalinsurrection.com/2021 /06/im-a-mom-seeking-records-of-critical-race-and-gender-curriculum-now-theschool-
com m ittee-may-sue-to-stopme/?
fbclid=lwAR2N2LZ4xrll JYbwKPStbfozdwrCiBW5nQnraHMzQc8A1wNU15RrmYctmw
https://dianeravitch.net/2021/04/05/maurice-cunningham-the-rise-of-an-astroturf-ri~htwin~-parentsrou
httgs://defendinaed.ora/about/

Parents Defending Education Erika Sanzi on Fox’s Tucker Carlson

At 1:25 of the YouTube video, Rl’s own Erika Sanzi discusses the use of APRA.
https: //youtu.be/9a0yeoYQO2s

The video link in the memo is to the same Tucker Carlson appearance by Erika Sanzi of PDE referenced earlier. Ryan has not yet responded to an email seeking to identify the author of the memo attachment, or whether the legislative efforts are ongoing.

The public records we have obtained so far shed important light on what is happening, but there is more to be learned. And a lot more records to be obtained.

What is clear is that RISSA created a fear of national “astroturf” groups, including allegedly PDE, not only behind Solas, but also planning  to bury school districts across the state in APRA requests. In fact, based on what is revealed in the documents, there was only one person (Solas) allegedly filing a large number of public record requests. But one person, who the school district admits it did not handle well, would not create momentum for legislative change.

National Effort To Demonize Parents and Groups

The South Kingstown School Committee has placed on the agenda for June 22, an entry that appears to relate to Solas, so it’s possible the Committee will take another vote on whether to sue Solas.

Regardless, this no longer is only about Solas. It’s about how politics, and dislike of “right wing” parents and groups, has entered into the conversation among school superintendents, legislators, and others. Conservatives frequently claim the educational bureaucracy is hostile to them, and these documents seem to reflect that.

This demonization cannot be viewed in isolation. There is an attempt in the media to marginalize parents concerned about CRT with absurd claims like that they don’t want children told about slavery.

We have documented this nationwide disinformation pushback in these two posts:

The claim that parental concern is “astroturfed” or the result of manipulation by “Koch” backed entities is familiar. It’s the exact same tactic used over a decade ago against the Tea Party groups that sprung up spontaneously around the country in 2009-2010. Then, as now, it’s led by groups like Media Matters and mainstream media as a way of marginalizing real concerns:

 

We have seen this movie before.

Randy Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, is promoting similar attacks on parents concerned about CRT that RISSA and others are asserting in Rhode Island:

One of the problems parents experience in finding out what his happening is that CRT is not taught in elementary school as a distinct topic, rather teaching takes place “in” a CRT construct, as Andrew Sullivan astutely notes. The disgust many parents experience is real, not manufactured, and not limited to “conservatives” (or Fox News and Newsmax ilk):

And no, 6-year-olds are not being taught Derrick Bell — or forced to read Judith Butler, or God help them, Kimberlé Crenshaw. Of course they aren’t — and I don’t know anyone who says they are.

But they are being taught popularized terms, new words, and a whole new epistemology that is directly downstream of academic critical theory. Ibram X. Kendi even has an AntiRacist Baby Picture Book so you can indoctrinate your child into the evil of whiteness as soon as she or he can gurgle. It’s a little hard to argue that CRT is not interested in indoctrinating kids when its chief proponent in the US has a kiddy book on the market.

The goal of education of children this young is to cement the notion at the most formative age that America is at its core an oppressive racist system uniquely designed to exploit, harm, abuse, and even kill the non-white. This can be conveyed in easy terms, by training kids to see themselves first and foremost as racial avatars, and by inculcating in them a sense of their destiny as members of the oppressed or oppressor classes in the zero-sum struggle for power that is American society in 2021….

I don’t know what planet you have to be on to be shocked that when a child reports this kind of thing back to her parents, the parents want to know what on earth is going on. This is not something only “ultra-conservative” activists would react to ….

This is not teaching about critical race theory; it is teaching in critical race theory. And it is compulsory and often hidden from parents….

And what the rest of us should do is support them, come to the aid of fired teachers, shaken students, bullied educators, and intimidated mothers and fathers. And never, ever concede the idea that opposing critical race theory is racist. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

Isolating Parents

Parents opposing the obsessive racialization of their children’s education don’t have law firms on retainer, 8-figure budgets, lobbyists, “union friends,” leglistators on speed dial, public relations firms, or friendly local media. What they have is a collective feeling that education has gone very wrong, that the best interests of the children and the nation are not being served, and that much takes place in secret.

Information and transparency are the true battlefields. Public records requests level the playing field just a little bit for parents, which is why the attacks on public records requests are so intense.

The claim of astroturf is an attempt to cut off parents from support, to isolate them, to make them afraid to talk to groups like Parents Defending Education lest they be smeared as connected to a “national racist group.”

We’ll continue to keep you informed as we learn more.

UPDATE 6/21/2021 7:30 p.m.

Steve Brown of Rhode Island ACLU has responded as follows:

In talking to a few people about this issue, I have indicated that we do not unequivocally object to an amendment to APRA, if appropriately defined and limited, that would address abusive requests under the law. However, we have expressed our opposition to the only version of an amendment I have seen, and we would not support a bill that simply gave the Attorney General blanket authority to make such a determination.

CRT Battlefront: Rhode Island School Superintendents’ Plan To Limit Public Records Requests Runs Into Possible ACLU Roadblock

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Comments

If Blue states are never going to change (and we don’t have any reason to think they will) would families that don’t want a radical racist agenda in their schools is there really any choice besides move to a red state and vote to make sure the governor will sign and enforce anti-CRT legislation?

    henrybowman in reply to Danny. | June 20, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    Yes. The choice is to fight… not to cede territory, and then cede more and more territory, until we’re all standing on Guam and it capsizes.

      That’s what I’ve been saying for 20 years. “Voting with your feet” works when you are fighting something local but it doesn’t work during a communist takeover of a country. We need to fight where we stand, win and then unite with others fighting the fight.

      Danny in reply to henrybowman. | June 21, 2021 at 7:20 pm

      But it isn’t a question of ceding territory is it? NJ, VT, OR these are fully Democrat states that absolutely believe in this garbage.

    amicusets in reply to Danny. | June 21, 2021 at 5:46 am

    Most of these anti-CRT laws are useless because as the article quotes Sullivan:

    “[they are] not teaching about critical race theory;[they are] teaching IN critical race theory. And it is compulsory and often hidden from parents…” and “The goal of education of children this young is to cement the notion at the most formative age that America is at its core an oppressive racist system uniquely designed to exploit, harm, abuse, and even kill the non-white. ”

    So, even those in red states MUST be vigilant and stay informed what IS being taught, as well as to HOW they are teaching in schools. Otherwise, it won’t be long before all state are blue states because we allowed our children to be brainwashed.

    As parents the best thing any of us can do is find a way to get our kids out of government schools or to get the government out of the education business.

      Danny in reply to amicusets. | June 21, 2021 at 7:18 pm

      Upvoted because I agree there needs to be enforcement mechanisms if we are to improve the public school systems in practice.

      But how could it possibly be useless? Being vigilant in a blue state means if you find out this racial essentialism is being taught they say “YUP WE HATE YOU NOW GO DIE YOU DEPLORABLE!” in states with these anti-CRT laws….

      Brave Sir Robbin in reply to amicusets. | June 21, 2021 at 9:55 pm

      “Most of these anti-CRT laws are useless because….” They are defensive and reactionary. To win, you must go on the offense and make your opponent defensive and reactionary.

    buck61 in reply to Danny. | June 21, 2021 at 10:09 am

    they don’t care, they will keep getting your property tax money and spend it on whatever they want. In fact they have no issues with keeping the tax revenue coming in and fewer students to teach.

Halcyon Daze | June 20, 2021 at 9:23 pm

Safely ensconced inside their bubble of nobility.

Colonel Travis | June 20, 2021 at 9:24 pm

It used to be that the left was convinced the right was evil while the right merely disagreed with the left. I’ve changed my mind about that. What the left is doing today is nothing short of evil. The left imagines evil, it has no idea what it really is. There is no moral compass, other than to destroy the opposition. Their methods keep getting worse. There is no self-check on the left, no self-awareness. It leads down the same dark road always.

    You are hardly the only one who changed their mind about the left.

      FOAF in reply to Danny. | June 21, 2021 at 1:28 am

      The hard left has always been evil. What has changed is that moderate left and liberal Democrats now give zero pushback to the militant leftists calling the shots in their party. There used to be New Deal liberals who were honorable and patriotic Americans like Scoop Jackson, Pat Moynihan, even Hubert Humphrey but no more. I saw this coming many years ago and quit voting Democrat because of it. It only got exponentially worse especially after Obama emerged.

        Edward in reply to FOAF. | June 21, 2021 at 8:46 am

        I have, in the past, voted for some Democrats (Blue Dog variety) decades ago when Texas was pretty much a one-party state. I didn’t change, the local Democrats changed, switching parties. I’ve even voted for a couple of Libertarians locally years ago. The constant is they all were conservatives. I wouldn’t live in Moscow on the Colorado (Austin) or Travis County, Houston or Dallas.

        bhwms in reply to FOAF. | June 21, 2021 at 9:49 am

        Hubert Humphrey was one of the leaders who kicked the communists out of the DFL in the late 40’s. I disagreed with the man about a lot of things, but he was an American.

        The current breed of Democrats are “Anything But” Americans. They must never be allowed to hold power in any place at any level.

    Brave Sir Robbin in reply to Colonel Travis. | June 21, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    “It used to be that the left was convinced the right was evil while the right merely disagreed with the left.”

    I have always thought the left was evil. My opinion was set by Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler, Mao, Castro, Pol Pot, to name just a few of history’s most blatant tyrants and mass murderers.

JusticeDelivered | June 20, 2021 at 9:47 pm

1) A high proirity should be given to killing millages of any school distric promoting CRT or any other form of it.

2) People in such districts should be exploring alternative options for schooling for their children.

3) Organize and bring class action lawsuits.

It is likely that the public school system cannot be salvaged. Public schools have become increasingly disfunctional, CRT may wellbe the last straw.

    The government monopoly bureaucratic “public” school system SHOULD NOT be salvaged. It is America’s best example of totalitarian socialism. It is the environment in which the corrupt public sector unions and leftist educators thrive.

      Hollymon in reply to gibbie. | June 21, 2021 at 7:50 pm

      The notion that public education should be jettisoned as “totalitarian socialism” is a poor one, I think. I worked in that business for over forty years and witnessed, up close and personal, our public education system deteriorate. It was impossible to maintain “the fire” while poor decision-making at all levels of management had my head shaking so often that I developed “shaken teacher syndrome.”

      It’s clear to me that those who would fight for the fate of our country should consider making public education their Lexington Green. Our country did not get turned upside-down overnight. It’s going to take a long time and many battles to put those who would eviscerate the nation in their proper place.

      If you’re worried about America’s future, don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. Change the water. Get involved. Vote these SOB’s out at the local level. Demand to see copies of the school curriculum and then compare them to what is actually being taught in the classroom. It won’t be the same. Trust me. It’s all social engineering. Indoctrination is the enemy. Not another foot back!

JusticeDelivered | June 20, 2021 at 9:52 pm

I am not surprised that ACLU is conspiring to abridge civil rights. Thye are corrupt to the core.

    Milhouse in reply to JusticeDelivered. | June 21, 2021 at 1:02 am

    The ACLU was a force mostly for the good, from when it kicked its communists out in 1940 until about 2000. Some time in the early GWB era it started losing its way. It still does some good, depending on the chapter, but the bad now outweighs the good.

    Amnesty International is another organization that was a valuable friend of liberty during the Cold War, but went crazy around 2000. It’s now completely worthless.

      ThePrimordialOrderedPair in reply to Milhouse. | June 21, 2021 at 1:41 am

      The ACLU have always been a bunch of communists, from their very start, and Amnesty International never did anything of value. “Friend of liberty” … LOL.

        You are wrong. The ACLU kicked out all its communists in 1940. From then it defended communists’ rights, as it should have, with the same distaste as it defended nazis’ rights. Right though the ’90s the ACLU was a major force for good; the only serious exception, in my opinion, was on the question of religious displays on public property. It zealously defended and supported religion, so long as it was on private property, but its understanding of the establishment clause led it to oppose any government assistance for it. As for the second amendment, it didn’t oppose it, but didn’t see it as its mission to defend it.

        As for Amnesty, you must be too young to remember the Cold War. Amnesty was at the forefront of the struggle against communist tyranny. Once the USSR fell that struggle was over, and around 2000 it became a center of hostility to the USA.

          Brave Sir Robbin in reply to Milhouse. | June 21, 2021 at 10:01 pm

          “The ACLU kicked out all its communists in 1940.”

          It appears it was more or less a granting of a leave of absence, as it turns out.

No one should be surprised. The Left has been in charge of Public School Education for a couple of generations. This crap is the predictable result.

SEPARATE REALITIES

Unless stopped now, the USA will fragment. Race relations will be set back 50 years. A house divided cannot stand. This seems to be the Marxist’s sneaky plan. If they are doing right – why are they so afraid of FOIA requests ?

    Edward in reply to Ben Kent. | June 21, 2021 at 8:48 am

    Race relations will be, even looks like on the way to being, set back even more than 50 years.

    artichoke in reply to Ben Kent. | June 21, 2021 at 9:43 am

    I’m not for or against fragmentation. It’s not necessarily the wrong outcome. We can’t trust national elections anymore, and the feds reach their fingers in to seek control of even local elections. This isn’t how it was supposed to be.

“We all know many of our citizens live in a separate news reality with Fox, Newsmax and their ilk…”

The dark humor of progs projecting, yet again.

    Michelle Malkin has been making the point for years that the left is not interested in a discussion. Their intent is to criminalize the opposition which they box neatly as “Fox, Newsmax and their ilk”. That way they can stick to the propaganda without any real debate or even disclosure about what they are doing and why. We are ALL being criminalized.

      Yes, using Alinsky tactics which we should all recognize and call them out on.
      I’ve been following our local school board meetings on this and am pleased to see so many parents speaking out against CRT.

      artichoke in reply to Pasadena Phil. | June 21, 2021 at 9:49 am

      And we should learn from the left, anyone who still is interested in discussion. It’s not about that. It’s about applying pressure and getting out the vote and otherwise using the tools that will be successful to win.

      The RI school superintendents are right. We do live in separate realities, with alternative facts. They typically believe “the ends justify the means”, that they should try to win “by any means necessary”. This is why they are comfortable trying to force discussion, “conversation about race”, etc. Because they know their troops won’t budge, and they’ll be on the lookout for a single verbal slip from their opponents.

Comanche Voter | June 20, 2021 at 11:29 pm

Let’s see now–the School Superintendent is Smug, Self Satisfied and Stupid. In other doubles triple Nazi SS. Yes there are separate realities here, and I’m betting on mine versus hers. She can kiss my grits.

Blaise MacLean | June 20, 2021 at 11:42 pm

This is a major story. I hope you can get it out nationwide via Carlson, Levin et al.

The school board is insane.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair | June 21, 2021 at 1:38 am

It’s really past time to discuss why the concept of public school is no longer workable. It is crazy to see what public schools have become, and even worse than that this is happening by gouging citizens. Upwards of 85% of most people’s property taxes (which are generally exorbitant – to the point that people are being made to rent property that they “own” back from the state, in perpetuity) goes to nothing but the crappy and destructive public school system. This insanity really has to stop, both because the cost is crazy and the end result of the truly awful educations that these systems are delivering (if any) are just getting worse and worse, to the point that they are now openly hostile to the nation and our very own society.

    Public (read Government) Education is a cancer that is being used to kill its host. It cannot be fixed as it is a concentration of power/money by design. It has transmogrified into a Marxist weapon. The left knows it and loves it. We continue to feed the destruction of the USA with our taxes going to these Government schools.

There are many gibbets that are sitting empty.
This particular type of malignity can only be remedied by a week in the pillory (or stocks) as a punishment for child abuse.

“I am a masters prepared educator.”

What the hell does that have to do with anything? Is that supposed to make her opinions beyond reproach?

    JusticeDelivered in reply to JohnC. | June 21, 2021 at 4:34 am

    Master of BS. Take a look at the nature of college classes for teachers. At least half of it is useless or worse.

    Dathurtz in reply to JohnC. | June 21, 2021 at 6:32 am

    It means she has a master’s degree and no actual achievements. That phrasing is something I’ve never heard before.

    Lefties check boxes. Substance doesn’t matter. Checking the box does. She is stating that she checks a box. Us sane people don’t care, but lefties will think that statement important.

    lc in reply to JohnC. | June 21, 2021 at 7:07 am

    Why wouldn’t she just state that she is a maternity nursing professor at a community college?

      artichoke in reply to lc. | June 21, 2021 at 9:53 am

      She doesn’t understand that most people would see her actual profession as more honorable than the one she’s faking with her comment. I’m actually surprised to see someone with such a practical, useful job so deep into the brainwashing. We’d expect someone like her on our side.

    amatuerwrangler in reply to JohnC. | June 21, 2021 at 10:33 am

    The plus here is that it gives those not otherwise aware a look at the end product, so to speak, of a masters in education. She has shown that she cannot even make a simple statement of fact regarding a policy she promotes without seeking aid from a PR firm.

    Or, if challenged on it, she can weasel out of conflict with a statement of “I never said I had a Masters”. Maybe she thinks that having course work in that direction qualifies as “preparation” even though she did not finish the job.

The real fight will happen when parents unite to pull their children out of the schools and vow to stay out until the school board members resign en masse. States like CA will also have to do something about the teachers unions which will be an even bigger battle.

    PODKen in reply to Pasadena Phil. | June 21, 2021 at 9:29 am

    It’ll never happen …

    Milhouse in reply to Pasadena Phil. | June 21, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    Why would they resign? They get the same money no matter how few children attend their schools, so they’d be just as happy to see yours go.

      Brave Sir Robbin in reply to Milhouse. | June 21, 2021 at 10:16 pm

      Millhouse is correct. Lower student teach ratios, less teacher workload, higher teacher pay, nicer places to work, especially for administrators. The budgets will just go up. Always up.

      Yes, those parents that can and who want something better for their children will remove them from public schools. Do you think the private schools are immune to the insanity of the left’s hatred?

      Already, children are coming home and warning their parents in regards to how they should think and act, and what things they can and cannot say, not out of concern from potential retribution and cancellation, but as a point of certitude of moral correctness. They have already been taught to hate their country. Now they are being taught to hate you.

      So parents across the country remove their children from public school en masse and there is no concern that they are about to be cancelled? Here in CA it would be only the first step in taking down the teachers’ unions and anyone who gets between parents and their children. We aren’t playing Parcheesi.

      This is a highly-charged emotional issue that reaches right to the heart of everything that is wrong with this country. It is going to trigger an all-encompassing revolt against these Marxists and all fronts and they are NOT prepared for it.

      Interesting how failure is always “the only way” things will end. Why is failure always so obvious to you?

I am kinda jealous that so many parents showed up and seem to know a little about the education of their children.

It’s really as simple as this. If you judge people based on the color of their skin, that is racist. Therefore, critical racist theory is racist because it bases everything upon the color of a person’s skin. If racism is bad, and most people believe it is, then critical racist theory is also bad. Bad, racist things like critical racist theory should never be taught in taxpayer-funded schools, especially where the parents of those children don’t want their children being taught to be racist.

    artichoke in reply to Ironclaw. | June 21, 2021 at 9:55 am

    With all due respect, you’re trying to use reason here, and they’ve cut all that off. For example, they’ve redefined “racism” to be something that can be applied only to whites, and maybe only to conservative whites.

    Yeah of course they’re jerks. We have to stop trying to reason with them.

Form a Home Schooling network. Sue them as much as your budget can afford, continuously and relentlessly.

Lots of interesting comments. Resistance is good,another option not talked about is leaving the system. Home school, private schools, religious schools. Whatever it takes to remove our children from indoctrination by social activists who pretend to be teachers.

2smartforlibs | June 21, 2021 at 8:29 am

If these leftist know-nothings are so smart why 2 days ago did I have to explain to one of the knuckle draggers the BUYden Ukraine connection? It was completely news. He had never heard about it.

No. That is agent provocateur talk.

The “One Best System” of government-run schools makes life tough for everyone (except the teachers unions and other leftists).

School choice (including homeschooling) plus eternal vigilance to prevent the state from enforcing leftist curricula would be fairer to all parties (except for teachers unions and leftists who want to impose their religion on other people’s kids).

It should be absolutely straightforward that all school curricula and materials should be readily available for review by the parents. The States have elaborate requirements, and all the information is already online.

The problem is that some “teachers” and other “educators” are not interested in teaching students, so much as political activism.

Political activism has no place in our public schools.

    gibbie in reply to Valerie. | June 21, 2021 at 11:45 am

    Valerie, I hope I will not offend you, but …

    In the “One Best System” of government-run schools, it is certainly NOT “absolutely straightforward that all school curricula and materials should be readily available for review by the parents.”

    No matter what the curriculum (not even math, God help us) SOME parent is going to object with all their heart and soul. This is why school administrators hide behind secrecy. I would too – if I were foolish enough to be a government school administrator.

      Valerie in reply to gibbie. | June 21, 2021 at 12:52 pm

      Parents are responsible for their children, and parents pay for the schools. If the schools are not accountable to parents, then they should be shut down.

      And, I’ve seen those math materials from the latest fad. They are horrible, in part because they were not even written by people that understand the subject, much less how to teach it.

“I am a masters prepared educator . . .” thus her motives must not be questioned by a some un-“masters prepared” parent.

Ah, yes — as opposed to the allegedly objective, politically-neutral, completely unbiased and fact-based “truths” disseminated by Dhimmi-crat prostitute-propagandists of MSNBC, CNN, NPR, the Pravda Washington Post and the Pravda New York Times.

Typically narcissistic, self-congratulatory, smug and obnoxious Dhimmi-crats, denigrating Americans who don’t share their political views, while fallaciously contending that they are intellectually superior to everyone else.

“All totalitarianism is local,” now that the vile Dhimmi-crats are spreading their cancerous and corrosive ideological poison at school districts and municipalities throughout the land.

Real American | June 21, 2021 at 12:18 pm

The guy who has Common Cause and the ACLU on speed dial is living in a different reality.

Sounds like time for the LI foundation to go kick some butt.

FortesFortunaJuvat | June 21, 2021 at 1:44 pm

If the parents allow that board to continue then the fault lies with the parents.

“I am an educator” is supposed to imply “I am selflessly dedicated to children and their interests”. It’s just like “I am a nurse”; to which I reply that Mengele had nurses too.

This is infuriating. Teachers have come to believe that parents have no say in their children’s education.
Teachers have come to believe their job is to indoctrinate in a left wing manner.
The slandering of this woman has to stop. They need to sue the person who tried to call her a racist. The PR firm has to be sued.
Teachers believe they can HIDE what they teach kids from parents.
Teachers are the most dangerous thing we face today. They want to hide what they do, they want parents kept out. They are evil personified.

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