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CA Parents Have Crazy New Reason to Keep Kids Home from School: Racism

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Despite increased depression and child abuse rates among online students, there is now a new reason parents want to keep their children home from school: racism.

According to the Los Angeles Times, 43 percent of black parents in the Los Angeles Unified School District who kept their children at home said that they were worried about “bullying, racism and low academic standards.”

The survey was commissioned by Speak Up, an organization that seeks to give parents a “voice” in education policy. Prior to surveying the issue in the California district, the organization also analyzed district information and conducted focus groups with students.

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There were roughly five hundred district parents surveyed, 96 of whom were black. The sample roughly matched district demographics.

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Much of the survey addressed the impact of COVID-19 on student education oer the past year. According to EdSource, fewer than half of California students have returned to the classroom either full-time or part-time as of May.

Only 12 percent of LAUSD high school students have returned to campus, the Times reported.

More black parents were surveyed as a result of student focus groups that Speak Up conducted earlier in 2020. The survey itself was overseen by Goodwin Simon Strategic Research and lasted from March 18 to 23.

The survey’s margin of error was +/- 4.5 percentage points.

“Black parents were able to see how their children were treated by their peers and instructors while kids learned at home, and in some cases, saw a system that did not benefit them,” the report said.

In a recent NPR poll, 62 percent of parents reported feeling that their children’s education had been disrupted. Despite this, 65 percent of black parents still have their children in remote learning.

In February, the school district said it would put $36.5 million toward an “achievement plan” for black students, with $25 million of that budget coming from diverted school police funds.

The money will largely be used to fund counselors, nurses and “restorative justice” officers.

L.A. Unified board member Tanya Ortiz Franklin shared her belief that strategic action must be taken.

“This report reminds us that we are not just recovering from 15 months of a global health pandemic, but also from over 400 years of neglect, abuse and mistreatment,” Franklin said.

“This coming school year, particularly with the additional relief dollars, is an important opportunity to collectively plan, act, reflect and serve in truly anti-racist ways that result in transformational outcomes for our Black scholars in L.A. Unified.”

Some parents have praised the district’s policy.

One mother, Michelle Tillet, who has a second-grader in the district, called distance learning “beneficial” as she could see whether the school was helping her daughter.

“I was worried about distance learning at first, but I now see that it’s very beneficial to have her at home because I am able to see what’s taking place in the classroom, and whether or not the curriculum is set up to benefit her as an African American student.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Cowardly Mayor Suspends Pledge of Allegiance Over Threats, So Citizens Rise in Unison and Sound Off

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The mayor of Silverton, Colorado, apparently tried to be politically correct to win points with like-minded individuals by seeking to suspend the Pledge of Allegiance from Town of Silverton board of trustee meetings on June 14. Instead, he got an earful of outrage from the residents of the small mountain town during the public comments hearing. When Mayor Shane Fuhrman called the meeting to order, he made a statement many found distasteful, KCNC-TV reported. “Due to direct and indirect threats, inappropriate comments in and out of public meetings, and the general divisiveness this is creating in our community, we will not be doing the Pledge of Allegiance during town of Silverton board of trustee meetings,” Fuhrman stated. Fuhrman did not explain what the threats and inappropriate comments were nor how they related to the pledge, opting to suspend it on none other than Flag Day. After he finished speaking, Town Trustee Molly Barela objected. “Any other unilateral decisions we need to know about?” she asked. “If you’d like to find somewhere in the code that does not permit me to do this, then I’d welcome that discussion at our next meeting,” Fuhrman lamely responded. Barela’s protestations that it was a long-standing tradition to say the pledge and all members of the board took an oath and decided collectively that the pledge would be said fell on deaf ears. “This is not up for discussion,” Fuhrman said. https://youtu.be/jVN3VQ-JxLc Townspeople Rise in Opposition During the public comments portion of the meeting, residents of the tiny town — less than a thousand in population — rose in unison to say the pledge anyway. Barela and another board member stood and joined them. The mayor declared them all “out of order” and threatened to have them removed. Barela later told KDVR-TV that “to tell members of…

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Tyranny: Concerned Parents Arrested After School Board Cuts Off Comments on Trans, CRT Policies

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Two Virginia parents protesting critical race theory and transgender policy proposals at their children’s schools were arrested Tuesday during a meeting of the Loudoun County School Board. The public comment session was held so parents could voice their concerns over the teaching of CRT as well as a new policy on “transgender and gender-expansive students.” Instead, the board ended the meeting midway and two parents were arrested. Two arrests made at the Loudoun County, Virginia school board meeting after it was declared an unlawful assembly and some parents here to protest against critical race theory and a transgender policy refused to leave right away #CriticalRaceTheory pic.twitter.com/dsZDrqJ0Gp — Gabriella Borter (@gabriellaborter) June 22, 2021 A total of 259 people had signed up to offer public comments, but the meeting was shut down after just 51 had spoken, according to Fox News. Ian Prior, a father of two students and a spokesman for the parent advocacy group Fight for Schools, slammed the board for refusing to allow parents to have a say in how their children are educated on controversial topics such as critical race theory and transgenderism. Prior told Fox News that it’s imperative for parents to “get a seat at the table” to help shape what their children learn in the classroom. Otherwise, schools become vehicles for the mass brainwashing of children with destructive left-wing propaganda. https://youtu.be/AntKpOTq0Fc The brouhaha at the Loudoun County School Board meeting came after former Republican state Sen. Dick Black slammed the board for suspending teacher Tanner Cross in May for stating at a school board meeting that he doesn’t believe “a biological boy can be a girl and vice-versa.” Two weeks ago, a judge ordered Cross’ school to reinstate him, saying his statements were constitutionally protected free speech under the First Amendment. After…

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