We must not give in to the cancel culture.... it's time to stand up and speak up to stop indoctrination in our schools
This is a longer message than normal, but please read until the end....
At the March 23rd School Board meeting, a number of School Board members used the public meeting time to attack and defame me. I have been speaking out against the social justice indoctrination and critical race theory ideas being implemented in our schools and I believe these Board members were trying to silence and "cancel" me because I am speaking up regarding what is really happening in our schools.
Their narrative is that I am spreading "misinformation" and that I improperly accessed teacher training sessions by using someone else's credentials and by using my son's chromebook, and more. Those are blatant lies and it is absolutely abhorrent that they would try to publicly shame me and use my son to do so. I am working with my attorneys now regarding what actions can be taken against these board members.
Furthermore, Beverly Anderson stated during the meeting that she would work to create a by-law to "police the members of this board". I will not allow my First Amendment rights to be attacked and as your duly elected representative on the School board, I will not give in and be silenced. The narrative is that I am lying about the social justice teachings and trainings being implemented. I believe the videos put out by the No Left Turn in Education organization and responses from school board members and administration speak for themselves and prove Social Justice Indoctrination and CRT are being implemented in our schools. I have spoken to a number of teachers who have endured these trainings and they fear reprisal if they speak up. I don't blame them, look at how I was attacked for speaking out!
In the March 23rd Board meeting, the person leading the implementation of the Equity Policy, the Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion made this statement: We have to get to a place in VA Beach where our teachers and our leaders and our school board members and OUR VIEWING PUBLIC understand that when we talk about privilege.... it's about acknowledging what it is, what is privilege, the rights that you have solely because of the color of your skin.
On March 19th, School Board member Beverly Anderson replied to a constituent's email that the intent of the teacher training was to help teachers understand their "innate racial bias". Genesis 1:27 states that God created man(kind) in His own image. We are NOT innately racist and we should NOT be making those statements to teachers or to children. By the way, that particular training that told teachers they should "admit they are racist" was mandatory for Elementary Literacy Coaches, according to an email from the Superintendent!
Culturally Responsive Practices and Equity are being used as the terms of what is being implemented in VB Schools but I believe these are synonymous with the ideas of Critical Race Theory.
Many people have asked how they can help. Stay informed and keep the pressure on.
I encourage you to email the School Board (firstname.lastname@example.org). Let them know that their attacks against me are appalling. Let them know that they cannot restrict the free speech of an elected official and they should stop denying what is actually being implemented. I have proof on my website for all of the statements that I have made and it is not "misinformation" as my colleagues have accused. Read the information and watch the videos for yourself.
Some community members are organizing a rally against social justice indoctrination and critical race theory this Tuesday. Please consider attending and bringing friends. The details can be found here.
We need to stop the divisiveness and encourage unity among all people. We should be promoting equality for all and not using a person's skin color to degrade or divide. Our country is not perfect and the past sins should not be forgotten and should be taught in our history so we never repeat it. However, people of all skin colors fought and gave their lives to end the injustice of the past. We cannot perpetuate the narrative that we are an inherently racist country. We live in the greatest country in the world and people risk their lives daily to come here to this great land. We need to unite as Americans and stop the divisiveness of critical race theory teachings and ideas.
At the last School Board meeting, there were many lies and hate spewed against me by my colleagues and about what is really happening in VB Schools. It is despicable that a Board who oversees the education of 65,000 children would act in this manner. I'm going to be releasing information that shows the lies that are happening. Here are just a couple examples:
During the meeting, my colleague Carolyn Weems asked these 2 questions of the Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI):
--WEEMS: Is teacher training mandatory?
--DEI DIRECTOR: All teacher professional learning around culturally responsive practices (CRP) is optional.
--SUPERINTENDENT IN AN EMAIL TO A CONSTITUENT: The TRAINING THAT WAS POSTED by No Left Turn was a department level training for literacy coaches and it was MANDATORY. (However, he denies that it is CRP or CRT.) https://rumble.com/ve2wxb-vbcps-critical-race-theory.html
-- WEEMS: Is it going to impact a teacher's ability to get a promotion if they don't take the trainings for culturally responsive practices such as the Cultural Identity Master Badge?
--DIRECTOR OF DEI: All training is optional, it will not impact someone from receiving a promotion
DIVISION DOCUMENT FROM THE DEPT OF TEACHING AND LEARNING (DTAL)
"A demonstration of mastery in these areas, as identified by earning a master badge WILL BE A PREREQUISITE for job vacancies within the DTAL for coaching, specialist and/or curriculum coordinator positions. Furthermore, preferences will be given to teachers who have earned any of the above badges when applying for curriculum and/or textbook review committees or other DTAL-sponsored committees........