If Equity Is Good, Why Do Schools Want to "Hide It" from Parents? - Granite Grok

If Equity Is Good, Why Do Schools Want to “Hide It” from Parents?

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Watch out SAU88. Lebanon NH’s Superintendent (SAU88) recently announced an Equity audit would be performed within the school district.

SAU 88 Equity Audit


A similar audit was conducted in a school district in Minnesota, and parents later discovered that the children were instructed not to tell their parents that they were surveyed during this audit. According to the parent in Minnesota, that message of secrecy came from the Audit Company, Equity Alliance, along with the administrators in the school district. So what were they hiding?

MAEC will be the Equity Vendor that will be auditing SAU88. From MAEC’s website:

MAEC established the Center for Education Equity (CEE) to address problems in public schools caused by segregation and inequities.”  Is there a problem under Joanne Roberts‘ leadership? If so, shouldn’t that be made public? It would at least then help taxpayers understand the need for this kind of audit.

Here are the demographics in that district:

SAU 88 Equity Demographics

MAEC is funded by the United States Department of Education — where does all of this data go once the audit is complete?

SAU 88 Equity Audit 3

Did any of the school board members approve of this audit? Did they ask about the data mining that takes place during the audit, and where that information is sent?

We know that some of the materials and curriculum used in classrooms when it comes to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion focuses on shaming and blaming white children for their skin color. Is this where they will go when they facilitate “Race Talk In the Classroom?”  How will the children internalize this message that can have a damaging impact on children?  Is this more Critical Race Theory in the classroom, as some parents have suggested?

New Hampshire has a law that requires parents’ consent on all non-academic surveys. Those surveys need to be available for review. If this equity audit includes any surveying of children, the school administrators must first acquire informed consent from parents and guardians.

In addition, there is another law in New Hampshire that allows parents to opt their children out of objectionable material:

RSA 186:11 – IX-c. Require school districts to adopt a policy allowing an exception to specific course material based on a parent’s or legal guardian’s determination that the material is objectionable. Such policy shall include a provision requiring the parent or legal guardian to notify the school principal or designee in writing of the specific material to which they object and a provision requiring an alternative agreed upon by the school district and the parent, at the parent’s expense, sufficient to enable the child to meet state requirements for education in the particular subject area. The name of the parent or legal guardian and any specific reasons disclosed to school officials for the objection to the material shall not be public information and shall be excluded from access under RSA 91-A.

The best thing a parent can do is, replace all of this non-academic focus on their racial views and replace it with something that will help their children academically. The people in charge of these lessons do not have the appropriate education or credentials to delve into this psychological experiment.

The data-mining alone on your child’s attitudes and beliefs around these subjects should concern every parent.

Wouldn’t it be nice if the audit was focused on the academic quality of the curriculum and instruction in the school? Maybe use those findings to improve academic outcomes for all students? Making sure that students of color and the rest of the student population are being well served by the people in charge of their education? That’s real social justice in our public schools –making sure that all children, including children of color, are receiving the best education available.  Leave the psychological experimentation to the experts in the field of Child Psychology.