25 October 2021
Ralph Reed, founder of the Christian Coalition and recognized as a very astute political agent, once said, âI would rather have a thousand school board members than a president and no school board member.
I couldn’t agree more. And with one week of school board elections across Pennsylvania, I am very confident that we will see parents flock to the polls and elect hundreds of new board members who will involve parents in school decisions, put the ball to the wheel. ’emphasis on in-person education, will try to roll back masking for children in schools and rid schools of conflicting variations of critical race theory that are now operational in schools.
I’m delighted that this past summer parents attended meetings, tried to get questions answered, and in some cases were inspired to run for board seats. Many in the media see this movement not as a democracy in action, but as uninformed people stirred up by sinister right-wing activists.
This imagery has fueled the claim that not only are protesting parents misinformed, but some of them are dangerous. The National School Board Association acted on this account and sent an open letter to President Joe Biden asking for help from the FBI, Homeland Security, and cited the Patriot Act as a vehicle to possibly be used to quell this parental revolt.
They exaggerated their game and it made the parents fight again. In fact, the intensity of the response forced the NSBA to issue an open letter of apology. They said, âAs we have reiterated since the letter was sent, we deeply appreciate not only the work of local school boards who make important contributions within our communities, but also the voice of parents, who should and must continue to be heard when it comes to decisions about the education, health and safety of their children. âIn other words, we got caught.
Parents and the groups they have organized are also struggling to be part of school boards, as they fear that many current board members are considering citing cold and flu season after the November election as the reason for move away from learning at school. The Philadelphia Inquirer interviewed Lis Licwinko-Engleman, a mother in the Norristown School District, who expressed this fear.
Licwinko-Engleman is one of over 80 school board candidates supported by the PCA Keeping Kids in School which was started by Clarice Schillinger, a mother in the Hatboro-Horsham school district and frequent guest on my show. I marveled at how she organized and coached moms and dads to run for school boards and even got $ 500,000 from Bucks County venture capitalist Paul Martino to use to publicize positions of the candidates it has identified.
Schillinger’s organization aims to get school boards to follow the science and keep schools open and empower parents to determine whether or not their children should wear a mask in school. I interviewed other groups who are hoping their school districts will become transparent about the curriculum and rid the system of critical race theory and all of its variations that have been smuggled into many schools in the area. These parents feel this under the banners of equity and diversity. school districts are selling the message that America in 2021 is a racist country.
I believe that on November 2, when school board election results are counted in Pennsylvania and across the country, parents’ rights to their children’s education will be restored. And Ralph Reed will be celebrating somewhere.
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