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Employees in One Missouri School District Sue Over ‘Equity Training,’ Claiming it’s Unconstitutional

Employees in One Missouri School District Sue Over ‘Equity Training,’ Claiming it’s Unconstitutional

“claims she had to affirm statements she disagreed with in order to progress in the mandatory training”

Two people who work for a Missouri school district are suing it, claiming that the ‘equity training’ they had to undergo for work violated their First Amendment rights by forcing them to say things they didn’t believe.

Some people, including Megyn Kelly, have suggested that taking legal action is the way through a situation like this one.

Sam Dorman reported at FOX News:

Missouri school district employees sue over allegedly unconstitutional ‘equity’ training

Two employees of Missouri’s largest school district are alleging that so-called “equity” trainings violated their constitutional rights by forcing them to endorse certain beliefs about race – adding to the already-mounting legal scrutiny of attempts to push critical race theory (CRT) and its associated ideas.

Filed on Wednesday, the lawsuit centers around the purported experiences of Brooke Henderson, a process coordinator focused on advocating for students with disabilities, and records secretary Jennifer Lumley during training sessions last fall. While Lumley was allegedly berated for disagreeing with the content, Henderson claims she had to affirm statements she disagreed with in order to progress in the mandatory training.

Springfield Public Schools (SPS), according to the lawsuit, also threatened to revoke credit for the training if employees didn’t “participate completely.” In doing so, it purportedly set up an “unconstitutional condition of employment” and chilled district employees’ speech.

You can read the complaint here.

The people on the left who are pushing critical race theory, don’t care what anyone thinks, they just want others to submit to their ideology.

The Springfield News Leader has more:

Filed by Jennifer Lumley and Brooke Henderson — who has repeatedly accused district officials of wrongdoing — the legal action asks a judge to rule in their favor and declare the training an “unconstitutional condition of employment.”

Henderson, along with the Back on Track America group, have repeatedly accused the district of embedding the much-politicized critical race theory in its equity training.

The theory is not mentioned by name in the suit but it alleges the term equity — as well as social justice; diversity and inclusion; and culturally responsive teaching — is code for one of the common allegations against the theory, that it conditions “individuals to see each other’s skin color first and foremost, then pitting different racial groups against each other.”

The suit alleges all employees were required to complete the training during the 2020-21 year or lose pay and that, as part of the training, they were required to commit to equity and becoming “anti-racist educators.”

If it has to come down to lawsuits, so be it.

The authoritarians pushing CRT leave the rest of us little choice.


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Much, much more of this.
Sue them good and hard, and sue them every time.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to henrybowman. | August 19, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    Yes, may they all be buried in litigation, and with huge damage awards. Can these be turned into class action suits?


They are not going to stop. They are not sorry they are doing this – they are sorry they got caught. They embed the anti-America racial oppressor / victim Bullshit into the lessons. Then say “Oh, we’re just teaching history – look at conservatives – they object to us teaching history.” The history they want to teach is focused on White’s a devils that simply exploited every black and brown person. It is all about race and it’s anti-capitalism.

Schools have added new books. For example, there is a book called “CASTE” which is a new darling of the Marxist race-baiters. The book tries to make a case that the USA has a caste system and that blacks are the equivalent of “untouchables” of India. This is an insult to the actual Untouchables who are treated terribly.

Truth is – the Untouchables Caste in India have no ability to improve their social standing or their economic position. HOWEVER, the USA is the most socially and economically mobile population in any country. There are more Black millionaires in the USA then in all of Africa. There is more opportunity in the USA than any other large country. You don’t see millions – millions – trying to illegally cross any other country’s border.

Ask your kids teachers why they the new books they added to their classroom were chosen. If they say – we’re just teaching history or English or whatever – you know it is a sneaky lie.

    Dathurtz in reply to Ben Kent. | August 20, 2021 at 6:53 am

    Most books for English courses are chosen specifically because they appear on the state tests at the end of the year.

      kyrrat in reply to Dathurtz. | August 20, 2021 at 8:27 am

      Standard Tests are being ignored/done away with because ‘inequitable’ results are being touted as proof the tests themselves are racist. So, no, the books chosen may have nothing to do with the state tests. Illinois chucked their entire reading list for pamphlets for ‘equity’.

        Dathurtz in reply to kyrrat. | August 20, 2021 at 8:31 am

        I can only speak for my area. Our standardized tests are so important the state moved the “proficiency” line because too many of us were meeting it. I know the english teacher next to me picks a couple books she hates because they are on the test.

      artichoke in reply to Dathurtz. | August 20, 2021 at 1:16 pm

      In NY, the Regents exam for English requires students be familiar with a certain list of books, to be able to cite plot lines and themes from them. The Regents exam for US History is all about reading texts during the test and interpreting them, i.e. you don’t have to know anything going into the exam room.

      So we have the absurd situation where you memorize English and memorize nothing for History. This doesn’t seem to bother anyone who matters, or maybe it’s intentional.

The SCOTUS has ruled definitely prohibiting Compelled Speech.

I hope Judicial Watch will be very busy with cases like this.

I hope they win.

As I see it though, “equity” is a synonym for communism. To the extent that CRT embraces communism, it is the same as equity. Although there’s overlap, they have different emphases.