The school shut down after COVID-19 unleashed a new group of parents who are fed up with their children suffering at the hands of people who they pay, and they elect to serve them.
Parents who watched their school remained closed last year now see a silly matrix mask mandate. They can see less focus on academics, and they’re fed up. Yes, they are angry and frustrated–their children have been suffering while watching children in private schools get far better treatment.
After Attorney General Merrick Garland’s outrageous attempt to shut these parents down, we are starting to see a push back across the country. How dare anyone use the power of the FBI to intimidate and shut parents down.
I attend school board meetings across New Hampshire. I’ve seen these parents in action. Are they angry? You bet. Are they loud? YES. Have they used colorful language? Sure.
Any acts or threats of violence should be handled by law enforcement and never tolerated. We have a democratic system in place, and if that doesn’t work, sue them. Work to replace the school board members who forgot who they are supposed to represent. If you elect them, you have to work within that system. So work replace board members who will prioritize academic excellence and parental rights.
The School District Governance Association (SDGA) just released a statement in support of New Hampshire parents. This is not to be confused with the New Hampshire School Boards Association (NHSBA) who has said nothing about this latest attack on parents. Who do you pay? The NHSBA. Check your school budget, most schools in New Hampshire pay dues to the NHBSA out of the school budget. That means they are NOT working for you. It’s budget time, request that your district stop paying dues to the NHSBA.
Thankfully the SDGA is vocalizing support for parents. You know, the people the school board is supposed to represent? If and when you replace your school board members who ignore you, make sure they are aware of the SGDA.
Let’s face it, parents have disrupted the status quo that has allowed the dumbing down in their schools, the shift away from academic achievement, and the disregard for good parents. The status quo won’t take that lightly. They are used to running the show and ignoring good parents.
Keep speaking up because if you don’t, who will? The key is to keep showing up. Be logical and factual, but never give up.
Here is the statement from the SDGA:
From the School District Governance Assoc of NH:
October 9, 2021
This letter purports to speak for all its members, the NH School Boards Association (NHSBA) being one of them. Although the NHSBA reports that they were not consulted about the letter, they have not denounced it.
We do denounce it in the most unequivocal terms.
Public officials must be accountable to the public and this sometimes includes being in a room of angry parents who shout, protest, and sometimes swear. It is uncomfortable, so uncomfortable that those who suffer it would do much to avoid it – such as calling the police, abruptly adjourning meetings, and yes – transitioning the meeting to Zoom, which happened once not long ago at a Timberlane Regional School Board meeting in Plaistow.
School board members subject to the wrath of parents would exaggerate the threat to their physical person to protect from the very real threat to their pride, judgment and agenda. Their exaggerated and self-serving “fear” has led their national association to call for unconstitutional federal involvement in something that is not by any reasonable stretch a matter for federal authorities. Nothing that has happened in NH, or elsewhere, gives any justification for this.
Parents have every reason to be unhappy with the current state of public education and their representation. School boards sharply limit public comment at meetings and generally refuse to answer questions from the public at meetings. The administrations the boards oversee are often very slow and uncooperative in providing public information on request. Even more seriously, school boards turn a blind eye to political indoctrination of our children, deny the systemic prevalence of Critical Race Theory application in every level of public education, and by policy and practice encroach on parental rights and exclude parental involvement and consent.
The School District Governance Association of New Hampshire is a nonprofit organization, funded by memberships, dedicated to educating elected school district officials in their role and responsibilities so they can assert their authority to represent the voters. We call upon President Biden and our state and federal representatives to stop this outrageous intrusion in the normal political process of protest and disagreement with school boards.
We also call upon Governor Sununu to make it clear to Washington that parents in our state are not to be subject to investigation by federal authorities simply for being disruptive at school board meetings. Any disruption that crosses the boundary of legality is already handled by local law enforcement, as it should be. Not only does federal involvement step on constitutionally protected free speech and the right to petition the government for redress of grievances, but also infringes on the constitutional authority of state and local police.
Lastly, school boards in New Hampshire and across the country should withdraw their membership in the state chapter of the National School Boards Association. Public money in dues supports an organization that called for this unprecedented and unconstitutional attack on parents’ rights to free speech, dissent and protest.
If we stand for this intrusion on our rights, we stand for nothing. Public education must serve the public. School boards, which are the public’s representation, should stop pretending to be afraid of parents and start listening to them.