School District Settles With Coach Who Lost His Job After Objecting to Critical Race Training
“No parent should ever have to fear the type of retaliation Coach Flynn lived through for simply questioning the curriculum being taught in his child’s classroom”
In 2021, a popular high school football coach in Dedham, Massachusetts lost his job after objecting to Critical Race Theory being taught in his daughter’s seventh-grade class.
Judicial Watch sued the school district on his behalf.
Now they have reached a settlement.
From Judicial Watch:
School District Settles with Coach Fired for Objecting to Critical Race Theory
David Flynn has been a devotee of Dedham Massachusetts High School his whole life. As a student, he led the football team to a championship, then became the assistant football coach for four years, and eventually took the role of head coach in 2011.
However, he was abruptly fired in 2021 after exercising his right as a parent-citizen to raise concerns about critical race theory and Black Lives Matter propaganda in his daughter’s seventh-grade history class.
We took his case, and we’re pleased to announce that he settled his civil rights lawsuit against his former employers at Dedham Public Schools.
“The past two years have been difficult for me and my family. I thank my family, friends, and everyone else who reached out for their continued support,” said Coach Flynn. “With Judicial Watch’s help, I can move on from this challenging situation knowing that by raising my concerns through the appropriate channels I made a difference for the students and families of Dedham Public Schools. I hope other parents can learn from this and not back down from fighting for what is best for their families.”
As part of the settlement, the Superintendent of Dedham Public Schools, Michael Welch, acknowledged “the important and valid issues” raised by Flynn and specific changes in school policies because of Flynn’s complaint, including banning teachers from promoting Black Lives Matter to students online.
Here’s part of a letter the school superintendent sent to Coach Flynn:
I regret that these initial justifiable concerns ultimately led to where we are today. As you have indicated, I appreciate your recognition of the opportunity to have improved the trajectory of this sequence. With this settlement, I hope we are able to put any divisions behind us and begin the important work of healing through better conversations and listening.
I recognize the school district’s opportunity to improve based upon the issues you have identified, and I thank you for raising them. As educators, I believe we can always learn from our experiences. Thank you for your many years of dedicated commitment to the development of student-athletes in Dedham.
Jim Lyons, chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party, released a statement supporting Flynn.
From the MassGOP:
MassGOP Chairman Jim Lyons on Dedham Public Schools’ settlement with fired football coach David Flynn: “It shouldn’t have taken a federal lawsuit for school officials to realize how wrong they were.”
Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Jim Lyons praised the Washington D.C.-based legal organization Judicial Watch after the group announced that a popular Dedham High School football coach dismissed by administrators in January 2021 after questioning his then-seventh grade daughter’s class curriculum reached a settlement with the district.
Part of the settlement specifically requires that Dedham teachers cannot indoctrinate students with radical Black Lives Matter online material.
Coach David Flynn lost his job after voicing concerns about his daughter’s education. Lyons reserved special praise for Flynn for his refusal to stand down.
“No parent should ever have to fear the type of retaliation Coach Flynn lived through for simply questioning the curriculum being taught in his child’s classroom,” Lyons said after the settlement was announced. “This outcome proves Coach Flynn was absolutely within his rights to get involved, and thanks to his bravery and willingness to speak up, it should finally be clear for all to see that parental concerns with respect to radical indoctrination should be taken seriously.”
“Coach Flynn set an example for all parents and all like-minded individuals that you can in fact stand up to the woke mob and put a stop to this nonsense.”
Former FOX News host Megyn Kelly once said the way to battle this ideology is in the courts.
So far, she has been right.
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Yes, fight it in the courts, but what if the courts are filled with Obama judges?
But good for Judicial Watch and good for our man Flynn
biden has been appointing a lot of federal district court judges
That’s horrible news
That’s nice. They answer to Trump’s greatest legacy, all the Federal Judges he pushed through over the top of those people.
Did he get his job back?
I suspect not. I also suspect there was some moolah changing hands going on.
Have these morons learnt a lesson? Again, I suspect they may very well have as I guarantee you that none of them thought anything would happen to them.
Nothing did happen to any of “them.” The only person who lost his job was the coach. Any financial settlement will be paid by taxpayers and the school district will find a way to teach CRT around the edges of the settlement for a year or two and then they’ll dive right back in.
The probability of another parent objecting, after the coach was made an appropriate example, is nil.
Until significant financial penalties fall directly onto to the people ;making the policies nothing will change.
All of which might well lead to more court time, with the possibility of real punishment for the miscreants. Stranger things have happened.
I wondered too! I thot what do they do with the person who has it now? Can’t have 2 HC’s… But he deserves it
So they can’t promote it online, but what about in the classroom?
You will note that they had to file in federal court. Filing in a Massachusetts court is like throwing money down the toilet. Until Heller, Massachusetts courts held firmly that the Second Amendment was not an individual right, but an amorphous collective right of pretty much no organism in existence.
“As part of the settlement, the Superintendent of Dedham Public Schools, Michael Welch, acknowledged “the important and valid issues””
It may be a bit much to expect administrative crap-weasels to properly apologize. Perhaps plaintiffs should more explicitly write their statements of contrition for them.
“We are satisfied, if barely, with the plantiffs’ acknowledgment of their malfeasance. We feel they still ill-understand the wrong they have done, perhaps because compensation to redress it came out of their constituents’ pockets vs. their own.
Having been compensated for the harms or their misbehavior, it remains for the citizens and parents so ill-served to address this administration’s incompetence. The ineptness of their apology is minor compared to their allowing this to happen in the first place, and handling thereafter.
We, ourselves did not require donation to a “Anybody but these clowns” PAC as part of the settlement — that sort of lawfare works in the main with regulatory agencies. The parents n citizens who in the end funded this judgment, the legal proceedings, administration of the ill-conceived policies, and placing the egregious material in the schools might want to allocate a like amount to “Throw these clowns out” simply as fiscal responsibility in their own school district.”
If the plaintiffs won’t, somebody else should. Every time.
Critical Racists’ Theory (CRT) presumes diversity [dogma] of the Pro-Choice ethical religion that denies individual dignity, individual conscience, intrinsic value, and normalizes color blocs (e.g. “people of color”), color quotas (e.g. “Jew privilege”), and affirmative discrimination (e.g. “people of yellow… of Asia”).
Congratulations. I hope they made some money and the District was schooled. It certainly helped that Judicial Watch and Coach Flynn were prescient wrto “Black Lives Matter”.
Even at the fairly ‘woke’ big Pharma company, I work for, BLM has been dropped from the “favorite” (i.e., white-hetero guilt) charities that previously received a 2:1 match (as opposed to the normal 1:1 match).
Supt: “I appreciate your recognition of the opportunity to have improved the trajectory of this sequence.”
Gibberish. These people are not serious. And they never stop.