Monday, August 09, 2021

NEA Sues Parent For Asking Questions

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Just last month the powerful National Education Association (NEA) union promised, at their national convention, to fight tooth and nail against "laws that ban concepts Republicans say are...divisive and discriminatory."

And NEA promised to fight back against the "conservative media"---setting aside thousands of dollars for the battles.

However, apparently "Education" couldn't even wait for the schoolhouse doors to open to young minds before they filed their first lawsuit.

Last Monday the NEA filed suit against a parent whose daughter will be going into kindergarten in a couple of weeks.

Be informed, not misled.

Last month at their national convention NEA voted to embrace Critical Race Theory (CRT), but the promotion of it on their website soon disappeared. 

Nevertheless, Becky Pringle, president of NEA, and Randi Weingarten, president of the equally powerful American Federation of Teachers (AFT), were both publicly promoting CRT and indicated they would defend it and teachers who teach it.

The NEA has approved tens of thousands of dollars "to fight back against conservative groups that portray teachers as spreading racist indoctrination under the guise of critical race theory---a term born from legal scholarship decades ago, though its name today has been distorted," according to the newsletter.

Joe and Jill Biden cheered them on saying teachers deserve more than just praise---they deserve a raise.

The activist NEA also approved money to "research the organizations attacking educators doing anti-racist work" so that "teachers are better prepared to respond."

Not all teachers are complicit and have opted out of paying dues to the powerful union---but the NEA union remains strong and well funded.

The Heritage Foundation immediately responded to their statements describing CRT as a "radical academic discipline that compels students to act on the Marxist idea that the world is divided between victimizers and their victims."

Well, NEA  could't even wait for school to start. Last Monday they filed a lawsuit against a parent for asking questions about---you guessed it: critical race theory and lessons on transgenderism.

A mother inquires regarding material her daughter will be taught about CRT and transgenderism.

The activist union is not only prepared to defend itself from lawsuits, but they are also already filing them as well.

Nicole Solas is a Rhode Island mom whose daughter will be going to kindergarten has been sued by chapters of the National Education Association for submitting multiple requests to find out what her daughter would be learning when it comes to lesson plans on concepts such as transgenderism and critical race theory.

The NEA has now filed a complaint in Rhode Island Superior Court to prohibit the disclosure of the requested records and "protect teachers' privacy rights" when it comes to records that Solas was requesting access to.

The mom tweeted last Thursday: "Today the teacher union filed another lawsuit against me---this time a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction. Will teacher unions bullying moms be an everyday thing now?"

The local NBC affiliate is reporting that the NEA "believes many of these documents are not public records as defined under APRA and/or fall under APRA's exclusion and therefore are not subject to disclosure."

To be clear---The NEA has filed for a restraining order against a mom that is asking too many questions about the material her local public school will be teaching her kindergarten daughter. She's asking a school she pays for through her taxes to see materials that she also pays for through her taxes and is being told that's "private information that is not subject to disclosure."

This is the same rationale that leads public, government-run schools to usurp parental authority ---and knowledge in advising and even facilitating young girls regarding their abortion options.

A few years ago a high school in Ballard (a part of the Seattle metro area) not only advised a young girl without parental knowledge, but assisted her in going to a nearby abortion clinic and getting an abortion before returning home after her day at school.

Townhall asked Solas if she thought NEA was "buying time" with their restraining order. She said, "I believe they are" and "that frivolous litigation is meant to bully me. Private information is already not disclosed under RI law because it's the Access to 'Public Records Act'," Solas emphasized.

She says "NEA wants special treatment."

Here's what to expect if you ask too many questions or request certain materials from your local public school. 

Solas believes the litigation is "collusive litigation where the school and the union set up a lawsuit behind closed doors, each agreeing to play plaintiff and defendant. The school," she says, "is more than happy to agree not to fulfill my record requests in court."

The Goldwater Institute, which is representing her, says: "Like many parents, Nicole was concerned about whether her daughter would be exposed to politically charged curriculum in the classroom."

Nicole first emailed the principal in April and simply asked about the kindergarten curriculum---and whether it would include any politically charged materials including those influenced by critical race theory and gender theory, holding them out to be true.

The school and school board immediately stonewalled her. 

After about 200 requests over the next several months, the school began threatening a lawsuit if she didn't back off. Instead, she dug in.

During a June board meeting, Emily Cummiskey, the committee's chairwoman, claimed Solas' requests were "an attempt to wreak havoc" and "a clear attempt to harm our district."

Cummiskey also smeared Solas as being "linked directly to a national racist group called Parents Defending Education, working to spread chaos and confusion and dismantle anti-racism education."

Solas was a guest on Tucker Carlson Tonight She told him she believed the school board thought she would just "go away" when they threatened her.

She didn't. And she hasn't. And the personal attacks have accelerated.

The stay-at-home mom says, "We have to know what our kids are learning in school because we are the only ones that are going to stand up for them."

Solas believes this will ultimately backfire on the teacher's union.

She says the NEA is trying to carve out special treatment for teachers who are teaching this stuff to our kids..."But," she says, "they're not entitled to that because these aren't their kids."

About the children. 

Jenni White recently wrote an excellent article for the Federalist. 

White has a master's in biology and has had careers in advertising, biology, epidemiology, and teaching. Her articles are widely read.

She is a homeschooling mother of 5 kids. She and her husband run their farm.

In her article titled, "5 Ways Parents Are Responsible For Public Education's Failures," she outlines how the disaster that public ed has become is in part due to the failure of parents. It's a challenging and provocative article for all parents---and it gives an excellent path forward for concerned parents. Take a moment and read it.

The 5 ways are:

  1. Parents believe it's someone else's job to educate their kids.
  2. Parents have abandoned their authority on school boards.
  3. Parents make excuses for their kids and administrators allow it.
  4. Parents wait until it's too late before acting.
  5. Parents have allowed administrators to usurp their power.

The Bible tells us "there is a way that seems right to man," but "the way thereof is death."

It is the parent's---not the government's responsibility to train up your child in that "right way."

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Bold. Be Prayerful.