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A Quick Guide to CRT/DEI 

For those not familiar with CRT, here’s a quick rundown of what CRT is and how to spot it inside your children’s classwork, homework, and assignments.

A Quick Guide to CRT/DEI 

Diversity – Breaking society up into groups based on race, stereotyping races based on past history and assuming it’s present today. Examples of some of it’s false premises:

  • Example #1: Black People are oppressed because of slavery and racist policies of the past.  The constitution of the United States of America, because it’s colorblind, should not be considered equal because of our flawed history.  As such, we now have to be grouped and treated differently to correct past wrongs.
  • Example #2: Courageous Conversations or Honest Conversations in the classroom where teachers will seperate classes into 2 groups (Oppressed, black and minority children) and (Oppressors, white). In some cases children are asked to apologize and say why they are oppressors.

Equity – Children are taught differently, not on performance levels, but solely on race, to achieve equal outcomes across racial groups.

  • Example #1: It is assumed that a black or minority child is not smart enough to learn how to solve the equation correctly therefore it is now OK to have the incorrect answer.
  • Example #2: Black or Minority children are not given homework because of “oppression” and it is assumed they do not have the same resources as white children to be able to complete homework.
  • Example #3: There are programs and opportunities at the school ONLY for black and minority children that are NOT available to ALL children.  It is assumed that black or minority kids do not have access to these resources.
  • Example #4: Black/Minority Children are disciplined and graded differently.

Inclusion – Introduces kids to LGBTQ+ and Sexual Conversations at inappropriate age levels.  It includes videos, presentations, handouts and other materials that focuses on including everyone of all backgrounds, and is primarily focused on sexual preference.

  • Example #1: Teaching children to use gender pronouns that are different and separate from biological gender.  Giving children the opportunity to choose different identities other than male or female.  Female bathrooms and locker rooms are now “inclusive” meaning there is no private space for young girls in most schools (not all, it depends on the school.
  • Example #2: Punishment for children who tolerate but do not openly celebrate LGBTQ values.

Visit this resource for an additional quick reference guide to CRT and Social Justice Warrior rhetoric. 

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CCPS Removes Minors From Book Committee Tasked To Review “Lawn Boy”

We thank Carroll County Public Schools for leaving student minors out of the review committee for “Lawn Boy”, the novel written by Jonathan Evison. The book is grotesque, sexually explicit, and littered with derogatory language towards the LGBTQ and minority communities. Including children in this committee was clearly not appropriate, and we’re appreciative that central office will be leaving this decision to adults.

We also thank the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office – Maryland for their response and guidance on the matter, which we will heed.

As terrible as “Lawn Boy” is, the issue goes well beyond just this book – it’s representative of deeper, more systemic issues that have pervaded our school system. There are dozens of other inappropriate books just like “Lawn Boy” that were deemed to have met CCPS “acceptance criteria”, and at the same time, less controversial books yanked from bookshelves that weren’t afforded the same review process, and other books notably absent (see https://bit.ly/300g8KF).

The end-result must be removal of all inappropriate materials, improved acceptance criteria with a renewed focus on educational value, and an UNBIASED application of this criteria so students have access to a balance of viewpoints. These changes are necessary and must be part of the larger discussion between the BOE and superintendent to achieve politically neutral classrooms.

We appreciate the attention and focus that CCPS is giving this matter. Concerned Parents will not rest until we’re assured our children are receiving an education free of indoctrination.

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Carroll County Mom Calls Out Book Containing Child Porn, School Media Specialist: “Book fulfills acceptance criteria”

A Concerned Carroll County mother, who wishes to remain anonymous, was disturbed when her daughter, a Winters Mill High School student, encountered a book containing child sex scenes in the school media center.  The mother had read the news and heard rumors of books containing inappropriate language and sexual content being made available in school libraries across the nation, but was shocked to find that the issue had arrived here in Carroll County Public Schools.

Her daughter had picked up “Lawn Boy”, a title written by Jonathan Evison.  Amazon describes it as a story about “a young man determined to achieve the American dream of happiness and prosperity”, but nowhere does the listing mention the child pornography contained throughout book, such as on page 19: “Not thаt it mаtters, but in fourth grаde, аt а church youth group meeting out in the bushes, I touched Doug Goebbels d**k, аnd he touched mine. There were even a couple of mouths involved.”

“Obviously I was upset that this book was even made available to my daughter”, the mom said. Wanting to make sure other children wouldn’t be exposed to the content, the concerned mom sent an email reporting the book to the school media specialist:  “As her mother, I said no to this book!  This book has extremely inappropriate content along with very inappropriate language! There is absolutely no reason for this book to be on the shelves of a public-school library.  Therefore, I am recommending removing it from the library!”

However, what would be more disturbing than the book’s content would be the media specialist’s response.  After outlining the criteria that CCPS uses to evaluate books such as “having at least two positive reviews from professional journals”, “appropriate for recommended levels” and “reflective of the pluralistic nature of American society”, the media specialist shockingly defended the decision to keep the title on school book shelves, replying “’Lawn Boy’…does fulfill those criteria, including multiple positive professional reviews.”  The email concluded with the media specialist suggesting the mom fill out a book reconsideration request form

“I was shocked.  I felt completely dismissed.”, said the concerned mom.  “If this book met CCPS’s criteria, what other inappropriate content could be in our school libraries?”.

Her suspicions would unfortunately be confirmed.  

Using Destiny, the online library catalog search tool available to parents and students, Concerned Parents identified other troubling books in CCPS school libraries.  “Out of Darkness”, described as a riveting novel about segregation, love, family, and the forces that destroy people, leads to a disturbing childhood account of anal rape: “Take her out back, we boys figured, then hand on the titties, put it in her cornbox, put it in her cornhole, grab a hold of that braid, rub that calico.”  If this scene were made into a movie it would be rightly labeled child pornography, but for CCPS, it’s kid-friendly content made available at Francis Scott Key, Liberty, South Carroll and Westminster High Schools.  

Another find, “Lolita”, tells a love story of a middle-aged man and his prepubescent 12-year old step daughter.  Erotic as it is unsettling, it’s available to any student at Winters Mill High School.

In another incident, a mother of a West Middle School student recently complained about her daughter’s teacher choosing “Between Shades of Gray” for class reading last year.  The story is of a girl in the World War II area and contains adult sexual content and graphic violence.  “Please keep in mind at the time my child was 13 years old and this book was a requirement for her ELS class. I am shocked that the school allowed impressionable youth to read such trash for an English class.” the mom had written to the school’s principal, to which he apologized and responded that “It is not uncommon for staff to assume materials that are in the building are approved for use.”

It’s hard to believe that such books exist in the Carroll County school libraries, but they do, and are being promoted by media specialists under standards defined by the state of Maryland and the county.  Proponents of these books may accuse parents of attempting to ban books and infringing upon free speech rights, but parents argue that media specialists place too much emphasis on checking “intersectional boxes” over quality of content.  Parents have also expressed that they want their children to be well-rounded academically, but with age-appropriate materials that do not cross clear legal boundaries.

Beyond the sexually inappropriate content, a clear bias would also be revealed.  Several books would be found that tell stories drawing connections to hotly contested political issues.  “Ghost Boys”, a sad story about a black boy killed by a white police officer, feeds into the false narrative of the “Defund the Police” movement, which claims law enforcement are systemically racist and results in an epidemic of white officers killing minorities.  13 copies of this title are available at West Middle, suggesting this book may have been used in a school sponsored group activity. 

Dozens of anti-racism and minority victimization books are available across nearly all school libraries from authors such as Ibram X. Kendi and Robin Diangelo, but virtually no titles that promote stories of successful minorities such as Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell, or Condoleezza Rice.

Concerned Parents also searched biographies of former Presidents. Libraries are intended to present all points of view to allow students to become independent thinkers, yet one has to question if some media specialists are selecting materials with their own personal bias when almost half of CCPS schools do not have a single biography of President Trump, but have multiple books available about President Obama.  Parents are encouraged to search former presidents to see what their school libraries are offering their students.  This is a frightening trend, regardless of your political preferences.  Segments of our history, whether one agrees with it or not, should not and cannot be ignored.

You may recall last year’s controversy over select Dr. Suess titles such as “On Beyond Zebra” and “If I Ran A Zoo” that were claimed to have racially insensitive content.  Though these books would appear to pale in comparison to the earlier titles we’ve mentioned, it would be interesting to know whether CCPS media specialists made any changes to the Dr. Suess books without public input, and if so, what other decisions could be made without curriculum council oversight.  Such a move would appear highly hypocritical in the face of other book titles that have been accepted into Carroll County school media centers.

“We need immediate action from our superintendent and board,” said the concerned mom.  “How can they honestly say that our schools are a ‘safe space’ for our children when there’s a constant effort to sexualize and politicize them?”   

In America, there’s been a conscious effort among many groups to erase our past through book banning, replacing factual history with historical narratives, tearing down statues, and silencing those who disagree with the political narrative.   It’s important to not conflate the “rewriting of history” movement with the concerns parents have with school libraries.  These parents want their children to excel academically by exposing them to different ideas and ways of thinking, and to become independent thinkers, but in a way that’s balanced, and free of sexual and political exploitation.  In a world that’s become so politically divided, we, as parents, ask that our children be off limits.

The story comes just days before the Carroll County Board of Education is set to have a working session to develop policy to provide a politically neutral environment to students.


Call To Action

The findings revealed by Concerned Parents make it abundantly clear: the CCPS school library system, and many classrooms across the county, have a far-left bias, overtly promotes leftist political agendas, and over emphasizes checking “intersectional boxes” over providing quality, age-appropriate content.

We ask all Carroll County parents to become more involved in your children’s public-school education.  Explore your child’s school library on the Destiny online search tool and review the available materials.  Report questionable content by communicating with your school’s media specialist via email or phone, completing the book reconsideration form and sending to your local media specialist copying your principal, superintendent, board of education, and info@concernedparentsofccmd.com.  

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MD State Reports Zero Outbreaks During 1st Week of School at Carroll County

As of September 15th, the State of Maryland’s website reported Carroll County Public Schools having zero outbreaks during the first week of school.  

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This was despite the optional mask policy that was in place during the first week of school.  

Carroll County’s outbreak statistics are a stark comparison to other counties that had mandatory masking policies, where dozens of outbreaks have occurred across several schools.  

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Frederick County’s numbers for comparison.

The news follows the recent Northwest Middle School outbreak that was just announced today, September 20, with the mask mandate in place for nearly a week.

According to the MD State website, an outbreak is declared when at least one of the following occurs:

  1. Classroom outbreak: At least two confirmed COVID-19 cases among students/teachers/staff within a 14-day period and who are epidemiologically linked, but not household contacts or
  2. School-wide outbreak: 
    1. Three or more classrooms or cohorts with cases from separate households that meet the classroom/cohort outbreak definition that occurs within 14 days; or
    2. Five percent or more unrelated students/teachers/staff have confirmed COVID-19 within a 14 day period (minimum of 10 unrelated students/teachers/staff). 
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CCPS Outperforms Other Counties With Mask Mandates

Carroll County, one of two counties in Maryland that opened schools with a mask choice policy, reported approximately 45 net new COVID cases during the first week of school, or 0.17% of the total school/staff population. 

CCPS outperformed other counties that instituted mask mandates, such as Frederick who reported 0.23%, and came within reaching distance of Baltimore County who reported 0.14%.

Carroll County Times, owned by the left leaning Baltimore Sun, was one of the first to report on CCPS’s 136 positive cases and over 800 quarantine cases in CCPS, but left those that subscribe to the Sun with improper context.  

The 136 number reported on September 15th is a total of active cases after the first week schools were opened but is skewed by the 91 cases reported on September 8th that were reported before school started. The difference of these figures, while not exact, provides an approximation of net new active cases for the 1st week of school.

https://ext.carrollk12.org/ExternalDashboard/Covid-positive

“You’d expect a much wider gap in positive cases if the mask mandate was truly effective”, said Bryan Thompson from Concerned Parents of Carroll County.  “In addition to showing that mask mandates are negligible, the stats also show that the positive cases are extremely low across all counties even with Delta. It raises questions on whether the perceived benefits of mask wearing in schools outweigh the risks to students’ learning and emotional health.”

Thompson continued, “While 800 quarantine cases is an interesting figure, this is more a result of arbitrary quarantine policy, not the science behind COVID.  Really what this shows is that, factoring the positive cases, roughly 700 otherwise healthy students were unnecessarily kept home. And based on the comparable numbers with other counties, this would have likely occurred regardless of masking.”

On September 14th the AELR committee voted 10-7 along party lines to mandate masks across schools statewide.  Carroll County instituted the mandate the following day.

Concerned Parents continues to analyze the COVID data reported by Maryland counties to measure COVID policy effectiveness.

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Join The Fight for Mask Choice in Maryland Schools

The fight for Mask Choice in Maryland schools is rooted at the local level, but is quickly gaining statewide momentum. Concerned Parents of Carroll County firmly believes the decision to mask children should reside with the parents and the local school system as outlined by Maryland law, and is looking to lead the legal charge against the state board of education’s illegal emergency declaration.

The executive order made by the state board, to be approved by the AELR committee, presents uncharted territory for counties across Maryland, both from a legal and political perspective.  There are significant concerns with the precedent this mandate sets, which essentially grants authoritative powers to an unelected state body, under the guise of an emergency.

Concerned Parents is in the process of seeking legal counsel to help in the fight to protect our local school system, and in turn set the defining example that protects the local autonomy of all counties in the state of Maryland. 

We also believe a bold stance in the form of non-compliance, in collaboration with other counties, will send a clear and strong message to our state that our local rights are to be protected. We must not let the threat of withholding state money, which we know doesn’t solve all the challenges of our schools systems as demonstrated in other counties, violate our principles and our local autonomy.

Join our fight today and contribute to our legal fund.

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Protest Maryland State Mask Mandate

On September 15, 2021, the day the state-wide mask mandate takes effect, parents, students and teachers are standing in solidarity with counties across Maryland to make our voices heard.

In protest, parents are choosing to do one of three things:

1) Not sending their kids for the day
2) Sending their kids without masks (instructing their child to remove their mask when they get off buses as this is already state mandated—also parents may be placing stickers on child’s shirt telling the school not to give child a mask and to contact a parent)
3) Unenrolling their children from CCPS and filing a Notice of Intent to Homeschool on 9/15

Please share with everyone you know. The more participation, the louder our message!

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McDaniel Professor Attacks Local Concerned Parents Group, Suggests They Die with Other COVID Patients

The Concerned Parents group, a grassroots organization made up of parents of Carroll County K-12 students, recently received hateful messages on Facebook from a local McDaniel professor. 

Seemingly triggered by the group’s stance to maintain optional mask and vaccination policies in public schools, professor Henry Reiff sent a private message to the Concerned Parents Facebook page declaring “You clearly are not concerned about your own health or that of your children…I suggest you move to TX, LA, AL, MS or Florida where you can associate with all your like-minded Trumpers. You’ll get to see plenty of them and maybe even join them in hospitals dying from Covid because they refuse to mask, and of course, not get vaccinated.” 

The states referenced by the professor, all republican controlled, vary in terms of their COVID stats, but all trail New Jersey and New York in deaths per million where lockdown policies took place.   Florida, which had similar death rates to California, beat out other lockdown states, despite having the largest elderly population in the U.S.

Bryan Thompson, one of the Concerned Parents committee leaders, was shocked by the message. “Most of the messages we receive are from members of the community looking to offer support, so when we received this message, it really stuck out”, said Thompson.  “It was quite unsettling to discover this message came from a McDaniel professor.  I mean, his bias isn’t surprising, everyone knows that colleges, and now public schools, have become politically biased, but what was surprising was the level of animosity in his message towards us.  I can’t imagine Mr. Reiff’s message represents the values of McDaniel College.”

Reiff ended his message offering to debate the group. “If you want to try to refute me, I will be happy to debate you in a public forum. Bring it on.”

When asked if Concerned Parents would take the professor up on his offer, Thompson replied “Our focus will continue to be improving the public schools for our children.” 

Screen capture of the professor’s private message.

Full text from McDaniel’s Herny Reiff’s private message is below.

Why aren’t you protesting required school vaccinations (e.g., polio, small pox, measles)? That should be a part of your another political, Trumpist theology. You clearly are not concerned about your own health or that of your children – or anyone else.

I suggest you move to TX, LA, AL, MS, or Florida where you can associate with all your like-minded Trumpers. You’ll get to see plenty of them and maybe even join them in hospitals dying from Covid because they refuse to mask, and of course, not get vaccinated. 

What you and the school board demonstrate is that you received a poor education since you do not understand even basic common sense and civil responsibility.

If you want to try to refute me, I will be happy to debate you in a public forum. Bring it on.

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This is actually a specious argument. We are in a catastrophic health crisis. Donald Trump didn’t care about the FDA, so that’s hardly an excuse for a concerned parent. How many “concerned parents“ have not been vaccinated. 

Look, no one wants to wear a mask. I don’t. But I care about others’ health. The refusal to wear masks comes largely from unvaccinated people who are a threat to other unvaccinated people. Again, look at those Republican states where the governors are so anti-masking that they are withholding money from schools that have mask mandates. I thought conservatives don’t like major government over-reach. Do you really want Carroll County to turn into one of those five states where people are dying due to their own intransigence?

As a concerned parent, why do you want to endanger your kids and the students and teachers around them? This should never should have become a political issue. It’s a freaking health crisis. If the worst thing in your day is wearing a mask to protect other people, you’re having a pretty good day. How can you use what is actually a dubious argument to rationalize what is ultimately childish, selfish and petulant behavior.

I’m glad that you have rejected the Deep State vaccine conspiracy and have done the right thing. If you could convince everyone in your organization to get the vaccine, we probably would not need nor recommend masking.

And I am serious about a public debate.

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Singer Admits Improper Mask Wearing Not Effective, Times Doesn’t Report

Media bias towards mask mandates continue.

In a stunning admission, Carroll County’s Health Department Chief Ed Singer admitted masks are not effective when improperly worn.

The board was discussing how to best utilize the $1.9 million that was intended for the virtual learning program but was canceled due to low participation.  A recommendation was brought forward to instead use these funds to buy better masks, such as KN95 masks, for parents and children concerned by COVID spread. 

Singer then explained, “When you look at the OSHA standards for the wearing of these masks and you want them to have the effectiveness that they’re manufactured to do, there’s a lot of things you have to do to really make them fully effective.”  Singer continued, “If you wanted to buy them and make them available to people, I’m not going to tell you not to do it, but it may give you a false sense of security than what you’re paying for, because without a proper fit test and a proper fitting mask for individuals it’s really not as beneficial.”

When comparing improperly worn KN95 masks to cloth, Singer commented, “I’m not going to say they aren’t more effective than cloth masks.”

Opponents of mask mandates have long argued that requiring mask-wearing for school-aged children, who aren’t likely to follow proper masks protocols, is not practical.

Yet, despite having a reporter dedicated to observing the Board of Education meetings, the Carroll County Times failed to report Singer’s statement.

“Not sure how the reporter missed that statement” said a parent who attended the meeting but wished to remain anonymous. “It’s almost as if she reported on a different meeting.  Maybe she was hoping for a different decision by the board.”

Carroll County Times did not respond to our request for comment.

The CDC and the Carroll County Health Department all recommend that students return to schools wearing masks, despite a 99.997% survival rate among children and the ineffectiveness of improperly worn masks.

“By allowing students to attend school without masks, the board followed the science, not the bureaucrats,” said the anonymous parent.

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A Letter to the Board of Education

The following is a letter issued to the Board of Education of Carroll County Maryland on behalf of Concerned Parents.

Dear Board Members,

On behalf of the Concerned Parents of Carroll County, we thank the board for heeding our request to remove politics from Carroll County Public Schools.  We fully support the motion that was unanimously approved which tasks the board to develop a policy to maintain a politically neutral stance in the classroom and students’ curriculum.

Concerned Parents also asks the board to acknowledge the issue of Critical Race Theory that has permeated our school system through state equity guidelines, teacher’s professional development, libraries, and unapproved curriculum.  Though the state of Maryland requires CCPS to have an Equity policy, we understand that how equity is interpreted and implemented within our county is within the scope and control of the board. Therefore, on behalf of Concerned Parents and over a thousand signers of our online petition (https://www.change.org/sayNOtoCRTinCC), we ask the board to revise the Equity policy to ensure equity is not misused as a tool to implement Critical Race Theory in CCPS.

Lastly, Concerned Parents advocates for increased parent involvement and transparency of curriculum and library material decisions, with the goal of ensuring traditional educational topics continue to be taught in our classrooms.

With these objectives in mind, we request the following measures be considered while constructing such policy changes.  These measures have been discussed and agreed upon by the Committee of Concerned Parents of Carroll County and align with The Board of Education’s stated core values “Reflecting the Priorities, Beliefs and Mores of our Local Community”.

  • In light of comments made in various forums by several members of CCPS administration and reflected in numerous CCPS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training Programs, never again will any employee of CCPS, including the Superintendent and the BOE, in their capacities as employees or representatives of CCPS, nor any contracted individual or agency providing education to staff or students, reference the community of Carroll County or the school system at large as racist or implicitly / unconsciously racist.  

    All of this is associated with the “political ideology” of Critical Race Theory and is how it presents in the workplace and school environment. Furthermore, stereotyping an entire community as racists, in any form, is destructive to the harmony of the community, and we need to ensure CCPS policies protect our community from such hate.  Whereas it is acknowledged everyone has Constitutional First Amendment Rights of Freedom of Speech, there are legitimate lawful consequences when such willful speech violates the ‘Priorities, Beliefs, and Mores of our Community”, who is the employer.
  • All children, regardless of race or gender will be treated identically under grading and discipline policies, with the exception of special needs students as maybe dictated and clarified by 504’s and IEP’s.  No children will be placed into disadvantaged categories based on race and economic status for purported purposes of altering the standards of the grading system employed as an accommodation.
  • Educational Equity so that equity is not used to highlight “racial educational inequities”, as Critical Race Theory demands.  Instead, Equity will call attention to any student who is not being effectively served in the education process no matter their racial or socioeconomic background.  
  • Equity will never be used to alter the prerequisite curriculum standards and may only be used to assist the classroom educator to identify the unique needs of individual students in the education process. Equity will be utilized to highlight educational shortcomings of any student requiring attention and necessitating educators, as may be appropriate, to alter the teaching techniques employed to more effectively address the learning style / needs of individual students. 

    Educators will be encouraged to employ various approaches to teaching including “strategies for differentiated instruction” in lieu of merely altering standards to achieve any desired outcome. The stated objective of a CCPS provided education, that in part, is to prepare all students for a competitive world cannot be achieved by utilizing Education Equity to reduce standards along racial lines, for to do so would be a tremendous disservice to the individuals Educational Equity declares to be helping. 
  • No curriculum shall directly and / or indirectly make a stereotypical reference to the United States of America as a “Racist” nation. The term “systematically racist”, is a highly toxic political term and therefore will not be utilized in reference to the United States of America, nor will it be utilized in reference to any at large community within the United States of America, fore to do so would be flagrant stereotyping of the worst kind. Though it is understood that a school system can’t legally demand allegiance to the USA nor the Flag, we believe the school system has a responsibility to engender respect as opposed to creating or promoting blatant disrespect as the advocates of CRT promote.
  • In that it is historically flawed and clearly politically biased, the “1619 Project” reference to the United States of America as being founded on racism, nor any other aspect of the “1619 Project” or any of the referenced supportive curriculum guides will not be utilized as source material in any CCPS curriculum directly or indirectly. (https://pulitzercenter.org/lesson-plan-grouping/1619-project-curriculum)
  • In that political activism is not education, it is instead the promotion of political ideology; political activism, by anyone including educators, students, and administration, should never be permitted in the classroom and will be deemed a “disruption to the education process”, rendering it unlawful. Therefore, CCPS staff cannot advocate, or coerce students into supporting, political activism or political organizations. A list of political organizations to be banned should be maintained and reviewed on a regular basis by the board to ensure policies remain aligned with the ever-evolving political landscape.  Organizations to be included, but not limited to, are:

    * Black Lives Matter (BLM) – A self-proclaimed political Marxist organization that advocates for the destruction of the nuclear family.
    * Antifa – A political protest movement that advocates change through violence.
    * Others to be named as identified

    It can be reasonably asserted that allowing “politics” into the classroom converts the “education process” into an “indoctrination process”, no matter the political persuasion being promoted. Additionally, it can be argued that such political influences violate the constitutionally required “free public education” void of political influences.
  • Eliminating all coercion of staff or students to use gender “pronouns” enforced through threat of discipline and / or termination. There is no law that requires such a policy and therefore, quite likely, violates the lawful rights of other individuals. An appeals court in California has deemed it a violation of “Freedom of Speech” rights. Additionally, a case involving a Virginia Physical Education teacher, “Freedom of Religion” rights were cited as being violated where the teacher refused to use such “pronouns” because it violated his system of religious beliefs. Whoever may wish to use “gender pronouns’ should be allowed; however, no one should be made to do so under threat of recrimination or dismissal. 
  • In the spirit of parent involvement and transparency, much like the Board of Education meetings, we request that curriculum and family life council meetings be documented and all meeting minutes, and recordings, be made public.  This is crucial for parental awareness of council decisions, preventing such decisions being unilaterally made by CCPS, and ensuring alignment with Carroll community values.  We also request additional parent delegates to all committees, with more transparency and BOE involvement in the selection process.
  • A new council be formed, or duties be assigned to existing councils, that provides parent involvement and oversight of library and media material decisions.  Currently, there is no visibility to the parents and the public in general with respect to the additions and removals of books and materials.  For this reason, we ask the board to create this new council.

In conclusion, Concerned Parents finds that our organization’s objective is aligned with the BOE’s stated objective to remove all political influences, whether it be direct or indirect, from the classroom and CCPS policies and practices. We have concluded, through personal experience and / or awareness that the politicization of the classroom unwarrantedly encumbers the education process of children; and as it is identified be systematically removed through policy change or directive by the BOE.  

We kindly ask the Board to respond by August 27, 2021, to acknowledge you have received our requests and indicate your plan for actions moving forward on these specific concerns/matters.  

Thank you for your continued work as our Board of Education Members, serving the community, and placing the parents’ thoughts and concerns into consideration. 

Sincerely,

Committee of Concerned Parents of Carroll County