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Florida County To Spend $362,000 On ‘Cultural Sensitivity Training’ Despite Canceling Previous Contract Due...

A Florida public school board voted three-to-two on Feb. 15 to reinstate “cultural sensitivity training” to the tune of $362,000 after the program was canceled two years ago, according to Parents Defending Education.The board of Sarasota County Schools voted to rehire Dr. Sharroky Hollie and the consulting firm Solution Tree, Inc. for $362,446, according to…

Minnesota Middle School Advised Students On How To Protest

A Minneapolis public middle school sent a newsletter to students Feb. 15 with advice on how to protest the death of Amir Locke, according to a copy of the letter obtained by a concerned parent organization.Justice Page Middle School sent middle school students the “Rhino Report,” which told 12-to-13-year-old kids that they should remain silent…

National School Boards Association Executive Reportedly Knew About Attorney General’s Memorandum Targeting Parents Before...

A National School Boards Association (NSBA) executive reportedly knew about Attorney General Merrick Garland’s memorandum targeting concerned parents before it was published, according to new information obtained by Parents Defending Education. Chip Slaven, then-interim executive director of the NSBA knew about Garland’s memorandum that called on the FBI to “use its authority” against parents who…

Rhode Island Private School Excludes White Students from Event

The Wheeler School in Providence, Rhode Island, excluded white students from attending a guest speaker event, allowing only those who “identify as a student of color or multiracial” to attend. In a February 7, 2022, email to sixth, seventh, and eighth graders, the school invited only non-white students to attend a “Students of Color affinity…

Virginia School District Seeks Social Media Surveillance System to Combat ‘Hate Speech’

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is looking to implement a surveillance and intelligence-gathering service to monitor student, parent, and teacher social media accounts for “hate speech” and “social media threats.” According to documents obtained by Parents Defending Education (PDE), FCPS is looking to set aside $200,000 for a service that will “monitor social media threats,…

‘National School Counseling Week 2022’ Shows How Educators Use Concerns About Children’s Wellbeing To...

National organizations, equity consultants and public school districts are using mental health initiatives to push what critics decry as the tenets of Critical Race Theory (CRT), including “social and emotional learning screeners,” “anti-racism practices” and “equity initiatives,” according to a report from Parents Defending Education (PDE). Schools across the U.S. are observing “National School Counseling…

Federal Civil Rights Complaint Filed Against Illinois School over Racial Segregation

A civil rights complaint was filed with the U.S. Department of Education against an Illinois high school after it advertised an allegedly racially-segregated “students of color field trip opportunity.” Parents Defending Education (PDE) filed the complaint Friday against Downers Grove South High School in Downers Grove, Illinois, claiming the school “discriminat[ed] on the basis of…

Fairfax County Public Schools Reintroduces Pornographic, Pedophilic Material

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) announced Tuesday they would reintroduce books with pornographic and pedophilic material “reaffirming [their] commitment to supporting diversity in literature,” according to a press release. The books, Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe and Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison, have faced heavy scrutiny from parents who have issues with the graphic depictions…

House Republicans Reveal Whistleblower Documents Exposing FBI Use of Counterterrorism Tactics Against Parents

A letter from Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland reveals the lawmakers have received documents from a whistleblower that state the FBI is using counterterrorism tactics to investigate parents considered to be potential “domestic terrorists” as they voice concerns about education in their local school districts. An FBI agent…

Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Massachusetts School District over ‘Racial Segregation,’ ‘Speech Codes’

Education advocacy group Parents Defending Education (PDE) filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Wellesley Public Schools (WPS) in Massachusetts, alleging the school district participates in racial segregation and suppression of First Amendment rights. “Nearly seven decades of Supreme Court precedent have made two things clear: Public schools cannot segregate students by race, and students do…
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