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New Bill in California Could Make Questioning School Board Members a Crime

New Bill in California Could Make Questioning School Board Members a Crime

“It’s not difficult to figure out what’s happening here.”

It was just a matter of time before someone tried this, right?

The College Fix reports:

California bill would make questioning school board members a crime

California is poised to codify at the state level what the feds were once requested to do — that is, turn inquisitive parents into criminals for daring to question their school board representatives.

Senate Bill 596, introduced by Democratic State Senator Anthony Portantino in February and dubbed the “School Employees: Protection” act, expands an existing law “which makes it a misdemeanor for any ‘person’ to threaten or harass a school employee during the ‘course of [their] duties,’” according to the California Globe.

This expansion adds a penalty for creating a “substantial disorder” at any meeting of a public school board, charter school board, county board of education, and the California State Board of Education.

Although “Substantial disorder” is not precisely defined, the bill notes that “course of conduct” is “a pattern of conduct composed of two or more acts over a period of time, however short, … evidencing a continuity of purpose.”

Gone from the definition of “harassment” is “unlawful violence” and “credible threat of violence,” and in its place is “torments, or terrorizes.”

It’s not difficult to figure out what’s happening here. A concerned parent at a school board meeting asks a board member a question and reiterates it (thereby establishing a “course of conduct”) … and if the board member feels “tormented” the parent can be arrested and charged with a fine between $500 and $1,000 and face up to a year in jail.

Or, as the Globe’s Kenny Snell (a retired longtime teacher) put it, “In California-speak, that means school boards get to decide what is substantial and what is not; what is harassment and what is not. In Totalitarian-speak that means don’t dare even think about going to a school board meeting and question their narrative or policies.”


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It’s getting harder and harder to pretend that Newsom is not already the anointed crown prince.

The Gentle Grizzly | August 13, 2023 at 7:38 pm

And, the police and/or sheriff will be only happy to cuff up a bunch of parents to show they are tough on crime.

JackinSilverSpring | August 13, 2023 at 9:01 pm

Anything about the First Amendment? California might be ready to ditch it, but I think the federal courts may not so be ready.

    A Punk Named Yunk in reply to JackinSilverSpring. | August 14, 2023 at 10:01 am

    JackinSilverSpring said
    > California might be ready to ditch it [the first amendment],
    > but I think the federal courts may not so be ready.
    Unfortunately, someone needs to be arrested for daring to questions the school board and only then, after multiple appeals, will it make its way to the court that *should* override it. That costs more money that most parents have to spare. And then, it’s still a gamble at the Federal court level because too many judges on that court are leftists themselves.

    CALI VOTERS! You had the chance to get rid of Newsom at the recall election. That would have started a cascade of legislators being kicked out of coming to heel. You blew it! Your only choice for survival is to abandon your sinking ship. But leave you leftist values behind in this leftist s**t-hole!

Honestly are there no patriots left in CA? Is the a shortage of tar and feathers? This is the method by which these traitors are dealt with.

So, at what point is it no longer a republican form of gov’t?

Parents still send their children to the government schools – America’s best example of totalitarian socialism.

Steven Brizel | August 15, 2023 at 9:28 am

This bill is unconstitutional and if passed should be challenged immediately in federal court

The Gentle Grizzly | August 15, 2023 at 10:01 am

California voters: You have the Proposition system for your ballots. If things turn bad enough, put a local measure on the ballot to disband your public school district, then knock on a LOT of doors, and make a LOT of public speeches OUTSIDE of the school district meeting places.

Kill off a few school districts, and watch the rest fall into line.