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    LUCASVILLE – David Flowers and Troy Alan Gahm, elected school board members for the Valley Local School District, were recognized by the Ohio School Boards Association’s (OSBA) Southeast Region. Recognition took place during the Board of Education meeting on July 21, 2022. Both were presented his award during the meeting. The Veteran School Board Member Award recognizes school board members who have served 10, 15, 20 and 25 plus years on their local school boards. Mr. Flowers was recognized for 10 years and Mr. Gahm was recognized for 15 years of service. The Southeast Region is comprised of 18 counties representing 84 school districts. For more information, contact OSBA or your local school board members. Established in 1955 and in its 67th year, the OSBA leads the way to educational excellence by serving Ohio’s public school board members and the diverse district they represent through superior service, unwavering advocacy and creative solutions. David Flowers and Troy Alan Gahm pictured with Paul D. Bock, Southeast Regional Manager of OSBA
    A city school board president in Michigan was removed from her post, accused of brutally attacking the board's Treasurer by slamming her head on a table and choking her at the meeting.   Flint Community School Board President Danielle Green was voted out 6-0 on Wednesday in an emergency school board meeting, which Green did not attend. FCS Board Treasurer Laura McIntyre, Green's accuser, was present during the vote and  described the assault which occurred at that morning's school Finance Committee meeting.  'I was attacked out of nowhere, for no reason,' McIntyre, while sporting two black eyes, said at the emergency school board meeting. 'There was one person fighting, one person who did the violence. It wasn't the board, it was one individual, and that individual grabbed my throat, slammed my head down on the table, punched me repeatedly in the head.' McIntyre, a self-defined 'queer mother-of-three,' said she filed a police report and had to be taken to the hospital for her injuries, according to the Detroit News.  'There was no fight. There was no argument. This escalated out of nothing and...
    Governor Brian P. Kemp announced 48 appointments to various boards and commissions. Board of Commissioners of the Magistrates Retirement Fund Harlan Proveaux serves as Deputy Director of Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS). In this position, he oversees the Homeland Security division which includes operations, intelligence, critical infrastructure, training, and exercise units of the agency. Prior to joining GEMA/HS, Proveaux served for ten years at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) as Director of Savannah Regional Police Academy. He has also served as a Law Enforcement Game Warden with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Ware County Sheriff’s Office, and as a Magistrate Court Judge of Ware County. Proveaux earned his MPA from Columbus State University where he now serves as adjunct professor teaching Critical Incident Management. He was a member of the 20th Delegation of Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange to Israel. He and his wife Kim reside in Newnan and have two sons. Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia Doug Aldridge leads the Aldridge...
                 Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed MNPS District Six School Board member Fran Bush to talk about her agenda, common sense school board candidates, and how her record stands for itself. Leahy: We are joined on our newsmaker line now by our very good friend Fran Bush, the only member of the Metro National Public School Board that, in my view, has any common sense whatsoever. And, Fran, those are my words, not yours. Good morning, Fran. Bush: (Laughs) Good morning. Leahy: What is on your agenda, Fran? Are you working to get other common-sense people on the board in the elections? Are you dealing with all of the other folks that have problems looking at reality that are on the school board? Tell me what your agenda is for the next couple of months. Bush: For the next couple of months, I am running for re-election, and...
    The school board of York Suburban School District in Pennsylvania implemented a new mask mandate. School board member Richard Robinson (pictured) had an opinion piece published in which he tore into the parents for their opposition Furious parents have condemned a school board member for giving them a humiliating 'publish lashing' for voicing concerns over a new mask mandate for their children – as Omicron Covid cases start to recede in several states. Richard Robinson attacked the parents in an op-ed in their local paper, describing them as 'vile,' 'offensive' and 'nauseating' after they had forcefully expressed their views against making students wear masks again after a short period where it was voluntary. The York Suburban School District board in Pennsylvania voted to make the coverings compulsory – and days later Robinson had an opinion piece published in the York Dispatch in which he tore into the parents for their opposition. It was titled 'With All Due Respect, No I Don't Work For You' and accused one of the speakers of being a 'charlatan' after she voiced concerns about some children's mental...
    GARY, Ind. (WLS) -- Gary is mourning the loss of a businessman and community member who was found shot to death early Friday.Norman Bailey was a member of the Gary Community School Corporation Advisory Council and owned the Blue Room Lounge.Gary police say he was found shot and killed early Friday morning inside the bar he owned in the 200 block of E. 16th Avenue.Police are also investigating another person who was apparently wounded in the same shooting.STATEMENT FROM GARY COMMUNITY SCHOOL CORPORATIONWe, at the Gary Community School Corporation, were both shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of advisory board member Norman Bailey. His passion for youth and love for community were signature traits of his character. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all of those whose lives he touched.STATEMENT FROM GARY MAYOR JEROME A. PRINCE On behalf of my family and the City of Gary, I extend our deepest condolences and prayers for peace and comfort to the family and friends of Norman Bailey, who was tragically and senselessly taken from early this morning.Our...
    A businessman who bragged about attending the “Stop the Steal” rally at the Capitol the day of the insurrection—and once blamed teachers for “the fall of our young people in this country”—has officially become a school board member in Louisiana’s largest district. Rafael Rafidi was sworn into the Jefferson Parish school board during a special meeting on Wednesday, months after calling lawmakers who criticized Trump’s role in inciting the Capitol riot “traitors.” The move has angered teachers in the district, who say he wasn’t properly vetted. “You and Mitch are fucking traitors you piece of shit!” Rafidi wrote last February, according to screenshots of his since-deleted social media posts by NOLA.com The comments were a reply to a Twitter post from former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu who applauded Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy (R) for having “voted his conscience” to convict former President Donald Trump during his impeachment trial in February last year. In addition to praising Cassidy, Landrieu suggested that Sen. John Kennedy (R) was “an embarrassment” for opposing Trump’s impeachment. “Go fuck yourselves," Rafidi added, separately calling...
    The State Board of Education, at its December meeting, selected a new slate of officers. Jason Downey (8th Congressional District) will serve as chair and Dr. Stan DeJarnett (10th Congressional District) will serve as vice chair. “I look forward to working with Jason and Stan to continue expanding opportunities for every student in Georgia’s K-12 public schools,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “I appreciate their dedication to student- and classroom-centered decision-making.” Jason Downey was appointed by Governor Brian Kemp as the 8th Congressional District’s member of the State Board of Education in April 2019, and previously served on the Macon-Bibb County Board of Education from 2013 to 2017 where he held the positions of Vice-Chairman, Treasurer, and Legislative Liaison. Downey graduated in 2000 from Marshall University in West Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, and in 2003 from Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law with his J.D. He currently practices law with Morgan & Morgan Law Firm in Macon, Georgia. Downey is married to Connie who has...
    A grandmother from Texas has reported a domestic 'terrorist threat' to the FBI after a father told a school board meeting last week he had 'over 1,000 soldiers ready to go'. Ladonna Meyers, a grandmother of two, filed the report with federal agents following a meeting on November 9 of the Fort Worth Independent School District board. During the meeting, local father Malikk Austin, who supports Critical race Theory (CRT), addressed anti-CRT protestors, telling them: 'For those who got an issue with this critical race theory equity, this is something I fight for, for my children.  'How dare you come out here and talk about the things that my daddy and my grandparents went through? The lynching, the oppression, Jim Crow — and my kids are still being afflicted by this.' 'We are not our ancestors,' Austin added. 'I got over 1,000 soldiers ready to go.' Speaking about her report to the FBI, Meyers, who had been present at the school board meeting, told Fox News: 'It's their job to check in on terrorism, and this was a terrorist threat.'  During...
    Parents in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex said they felt threatened when a man who was a member of an armed black militia told a tense board meeting he planned to have ‘over a thousand soldiers ready to go’ who were ‘locked and loaded.’ The incident took place during a board meeting held by the Fort Worth Independent School District on November 9. The meeting was devoted in part to the teaching of critical race theory, which was opposed by some of the parents. During the meeting, a man identified as Malikk Austin got up and spoke for a minute, defending the teaching of CRT, according to Fox News. School board meetings nationwide have become a flash point of controversy over the teaching of critical race theory, which critics say makes children feel guilty for being white. Supporters of CRT claim that it is vital to 'center' the experiences of black people and other minorities in educational curricula which until now has been taught predominantly through the prism of white Americans.  Austin, an African-American who was part of The Brotherhood Movement,...
    Victoria Manning, Virginia School Board member Virginia Beach at-large school board member Victoria Manning—aka book-banning Karen, aka non-reading pro-censorship Karen—is going after American literature she clearly doesn’t understand.  Daily Beast reports that Manning, founder of the “Wokeness Checker” website, along with co-board member Laura Hughes, sent an email to Virginia Beach City Public Schools Superintendent Aaron Spence to demand that four books be removed from circulation or used in the classroom “due to their pornographic nature.” “It has been brought to my attention by some parents that there are some disturbing books in our district that are available to students,” Manning wrote on Oct. 5. “I would like to ask that you pull these books from shelves and also block any electronic access by students to getting these books IMMEDIATELY.” First on Manning’s list is author and Nobel Laureate in Literature Toni Morrison’s debut novel, The Bluest Eye, alongside Jonathan Evison’s Lawn Boy, A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines, and the memoir comic Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe. According to The Virginia-Pilot, Spence wrote in an email to board members that Manning had also requested a review of two additional books—Beyond Magenta by Susan...
    A scandal hit Virginia school board is now facing calls to ditch a member who claimed a moment of silence to mark the anniversary of the terror attacks would cause harm to minorities who faced persecution as a result of the terror attack.  On the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks members of the Fairfax County School Board entertained a resolution for a moment of silence. It was intended to honor the first responders who risked their lives to save countless lives, as well as the the nearly 3,000 victims who died and those who were injured as a result of the terrorist attacks carried out that day.    But outspoken board member Abrar Omeish, who has previously sparked outrage for alleged anti-Semitic comments and encouraging high schoolers to remember 'jihad', voted against the resolution, saying it was not 'anti-racist' and failed to address 'state-sponsored traumas.' Scroll Down For Video:  The Fairfax County School Board has been called to ditch board member Abrar Omeish (pictured)  after she claimed that a 9/11 moment of silence 'causes harm' Omeish's speech...
    Denver Public Schools’ Board of Education voted to censure one of its members, Tay Anderson, on Friday after an investigation released this week concluded he had flirted online with a 16-year-old student before knowing her age and made coercive and intimidating social media posts. The six-month, third-party investigation initiated by the school board did not substantiate any of the anonymous claims of sexual assault levied against Anderson. Just before the board met to vote, Anderson shot back in a fiery news conference with local Black leaders, calling his treatment a “high-tech lynching,” a phrase used by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas during his confirmation hearings 30 years ago. Friday’s special meeting marked the first time school board members spoke publicly about the investigation’s findings that Anderson had exhibited what they’ve called “behavior unbecoming of a board member.” One by one they denounced his conduct, voting 6-1 — Anderson cast the lone no vote — to censure, or publicly reprimand, their colleague. The board does not have the authority to strip Anderson of his position, so the censure marks its only avenue...
    Los Angeles County school officials voted unanimously on Thursday to order COVID-19 inoculations for all students aged 12 and over, the largest school district in the United States to take that step. School board members approved the shots over the objection of several parents who said in Spanish they were concerned about the safety of vaccines and should have the right to make that decision for their children. 'I do not see this as your choice or my choice,' board member Jackie Goldberg said. 'I see this as a community necessity. That means people have to do things they're not comfortable with, they're not sure of, that may even contain some risk.' The board's vote Thursday makes Los Angeles by far the largest of a handful of districts with a vaccine requirement. Nearby Culver City imposed a similar policy last month for its 7,000 students. LA has about 630,000 students. 'I do not see this as your choice or my choice,' board member Jackie Goldberg (above) said. 'I see this as a community necessity. That means people have to...
    A federal judge on Monday threw out an $87 million lawsuit filed by a San Francisco school board member against the district and five of her colleagues, ruling that her claims lacked merit. Alison Collins filed her lawsuit in March, accusing her colleagues of violating her First Amendment right to free speech when the board voted to strip her of her vice presidency and remove her from committees over tweets she posted in 2016 about Asian Americans. Judge Haywood Gilliam of the Northern District of California also threw out a preliminary injunction that would have reinstated her as the school board vice president. SAN FRANCISCO DEMOCRATIC MAYOR FACING NEARLY $23K IN FINES FOR ETHICS VIOLATIONS In the suit, Collins claimed her removal from the vice president post resulted in "irreparable injury, loss, and damage," including "damage to her reputation and standing in the community." In a string of tweets dating back to 2016, before she was on the school board, Collins wrote that many Asian Americans use "white supremacist thinking to assimilate and get ahead." In March, a group...
    A Florida school board member this week blasted Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisNearly 5,600 Tampa-area school children isolated or in quarantine Indiana governor breaks with GOP peers, allows local mask mandates Claims that migrants are spreading COVID-19 a 'distraction,' NIH director says MORE (R) over how he has handled the COVID-19 pandemic, saying that the governor has caused "panic" and "chaos" for school staff and parents. Jessica Vaughn, who won her seat on the Hillsborough County School Board in 2020, told Business Insider that DeSantis' stance on mask-wearing in schools has caused issues for the school district. "Our governor is the mad king of the COVID era," Vaughn said. "It feels like a nightmare I can't wake up from." Earlier this month, the Florida governor issued a ban on mask mandates in schools and threatened to withhold the salaries of superintendents and school board members who chose to go against him. Vaughn said the ban, which came just days before the start of the 2021-2022 school year, left school officials with few options to ensure a safe learning environment for students, Business Insider reported. "You have...
    A New Jersey school board has been forced to reverse a controversial decision to remove all holiday names - including Memorial Day and Thanksgiving - from their calendar after facing huge backlash. The Randolph Board of Education on Monday night voted 8-1 to overturn the decision made earlier this month to replace the names of all holidays with just the phrase 'day off'.  The initial unanimous decision to remove the names of holidays was made to avoid 'hurt feelings', officials had said at the time. But the decision was blasted as 'arrogant and incompetent', and and sparked calls for the resignations of the school board members and Superintendent Jen Fano.  A petition calling for the resignations received more than 4,500 signatures.   The Randolph Board of Education on Monday night voted 8-1 to overturn the decision made earlier this month to replace the names of all holidays with just the phrase 'day off'. Pictured above is the school calendar after they initially voted to remove all holiday names The initial unanimous decision to remove the names of holidays caused outrage and...
    After a Fairfax County School Board member delivered a scathing speech at a high school commencement ceremony, Virginia parents are rejecting critical race theory and other left-leaning ideas being pushed in their public school systems. Abrar Omeish, the school board's lone Muslim member, delivered the keynote address before a graduation ceremony for Justice High School in Falls Church, Va. on June 7.  VIRGINIA SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER TELLS GRADUATES THEY'RE ENTERING WORLD OVERWHELMED BY RACISM, INDIVIDUALISM The president of the student government introduced her, noting that she campaigned for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and that her father, Esam Omeish, was a "leader and board member of the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center" – the namesake of a mosque attended by two 9/11 hijackers in 2001, and the radical imam Anwar Al-Awlaki, and Nidal Hasan, the 2009 Fort Hood shooter.  "I think it's important for your viewers to know that Abrar Omeish’s comments here are incendiary comments are not the first example of divisive and anti-Semitic rhetoric," Fairfax County Parent Gary Aiken told "Fox & Friends First" on Tuesday Aiken said that several...
    A Virginia school board member warned graduating high school students that they were readying to enter a capitalist world with racism, white supremacy, and "extreme versions of individualism." "Our world is overwhelmed with need. We struggle with human greed, racism, extreme versions of individualism and capitalism, white supremacy, growing wealth gaps, disease, climate crisis, extreme poverty amidst luxury and waste right next door. And the list goes on," Fairfax County School Board member Abrar Omeish told the graduating class of mostly minority students. Omeish, who is the only Muslim member of the school board, gave the keynote address at the graduation for students at Justice High School in Falls Church. She was introduced by a member of the student council, who noted that she had previously campaigned for Sen. Bernie Sanders’s bid for president and is the daughter of Esam Omeish, a "leader and board member of the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center," a mosque attended by two 9/11 hijackers and the 2009 Fort Hood shooter. HERE'S WHERE CRITICAL RACE THEORY STANDS IN CLASSROOMS AND TRAINING ACROSS THE COUNTRY Omeish began...
    A Virginia school board member called on graduating students to remember 'jihad' at their commencement as she warned they were entering a world of, 'racism, extreme versions of individualism and capitalism, [and] white supremacy.'   In a speech interlaced with parts in Spanish and Arabic on June 7, Abrar Omeish, the sole Muslim member on the Fairfax County school board told the graduating students of Justice High School that: 'The world sees the accolade, the diploma, the fruit of all your years yet be reminded of the detail of your struggle.'  She then repeated the saying in Arabic, using the word 'jihad' for struggle, which can also refer to an inner spiritual struggle or a fight against the enemies of Islam.  Omeish repeatedly referred to the group as the 'Justice Class of 2021,' and said she hoped they would serve as a vehicle for various progressive values the school had instilled in them, saying: 'Our world is overwhelmed with need. We struggle with human greed, racism, extreme versions of individualism and capitalism, white supremacy growing wealth gaps, disease, climate crisis extreme poverty...
    A Florida mother and Sarasota County school board member reacted Thursday to news that the Florida Board of Education voted to ban critical race theory from state classrooms. The rule, initially advanced by Gov. Ron DeSantis, instructs Florida schools to be "factual and objective," and limits teaching of certain ideas regarding race and history.  The rule reads: "Instruction on the required topics must be factual and objective and may not suppress or distort significant historical events, such as the Holocaust, and may not define American history as something other than the creation of a new nation based largely on universal principles stated in the Declaration of Independence." FLORIDA BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVES DESANTIS' RULE BANNING CRITICAL RACE THEORY During an appearance on "America Reports," Bridget Ziegler said that she does not want her children or their peers to "learn to hate America" through the "anti-American curriculum" of critical race theory (CRT).  Ziegler went on to assert that CRT "pins students against each other" and teaches them to see and judge each other based on their skin color rather than the...
    A Georgia school board member is defending the teaching of critical race theory after the state Education Board banned it from classrooms.  Everton Blair Jr., chairman of the Gwinnett County Board of Education, took to Facebook  on Friday one day after the State Board of Education passed a resolution banning the theory in schools. He said that officials were 'manufacturing outrage around a problem that isn't even present, over a concept that most of us haven't even understood.' Critical race theory is an educational concept that claims racism is a social construct that has been embedded in American legal systems and policies.  It has sparked a fierce nationwide debate in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests around the country over the last year and the introduction of the 1619 Project, with opponents claiming it promotes racism by categorizing people and supporters arguing that it is vital to eliminate racism. 'There have been abundant, recent discussions and even adopted resolutions from statewide elected officials regarding the teaching of race in America and the concerns over critical race theory,' Blair wrote....
    A school board member in Colorado is stepping down from his role while an investigation is carried out after he was accused of sexually assaulting 60 undocumented students. Tay Anderson, 22, revealed this week that he will no longer carry out everyday functions associated with the Denver Public Schools board in light of the claims, which he has denied. The accusations were made during a Colorado legislative committee hearing last week when a woman testified that a sexual predator in the school system was targeting students. Anderson was not named by the woman but the school board and Denver Police Department later acknowledged they were aware of the allegations against him, the Denver Post reports. Tay Anderson, 22, revealed this week that he will no longer carry out everyday functions associated with the Denver Public Schools board in light of the 'unsubstantiated' claims made against him Anderson, who is being investigated by the district for a single sexual assault allegation since April, says all of the claims made against him are 'unsubstantiated' and 'false'. 'These unsubstantiated false allegations have...
                        Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed MNPS District Six school board member Fran Bush in studio to talk about the new middle school in District Six and their continued rapid growth. Leahy: It is always a delight for us to have the wonderful Fran Bush in studio. A sane member, perhaps the only sane member of the Metro Nashville Public School Board. We were talking Fran about the growth problems in your District, District Six. And you have a new middle school approved, right? Bush: Yes. Leahy: When will that come online? Bush: So this is the thing I think a lot of people really don’t understand. It’s a great thing, of course, when you hear a new school being built, but it takes two to three years for that school to be built. Therefore, we’re still having...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A Pine-Richland School District Board member has resigned as of Friday. At a special meeting held on Friday, the Board voted to accept the resignation of a Board member. At this time, the identity of the Board member is not known. The Board did not specify a reason for the member’s resignation. READ MORE: Pine-Richland Head Football Coach Eric Kasperowicz And Entire Coaching Staff Will Not Return In Fall The Board also listened to comments made by parents who largely disagreed with the Board’s decision to remove football coach Eric Kasperowicz and his entire coaching staff and called for their reinstatement. “It is the district’s well-rounded practice to refrain from comment on personnel matters in public. It is simply not appropriate for us to respond,” said Peter Lyons, the Pine-Richland School Board President. “As such, we’ll also be refraining from correcting false statements and allegations being circulated. It is understood that this is frustrating to ourselves as well as to the community and confusing to others, but it is grounded in best practices and...
    Arizona parent Renee Card joined "The Story" to discuss inequality, specifically with "discipline" quotas, in the Litchfield, Arizona's school system's equity plan. CARD: I was upset about multiple things. Primarily the emphasis on disciplining by race and having measurable goals, I’m using their words, measurable goals to decrease discipline for specifically Black students. That's bothered me. Also, another thing that really stuck out was that they want to measure goals for academic success of Black and Hispanic students. There’s no talk about all students, all races, all genders. It’s very specific, and so those are two of the things that really stood out. The last thing that was really critical to me, was that they’re going to attempt to not only change the curriculum because in their own language it speaks specifically to utilizing resources, and reanalyzing the current curriculum, and utilizing resources to purchase new curriculum that's going to fit their narrative. Also, hiring by race, hiring diversity goals by gender identification, sexual orientation. Those are all things to me that should not be discussed.  School board member, Jeremy Hoenack, also pushed back saying: HOENACK: I’m speaking for myself, not the board, but to jump down to that, they claim there’s no change to the curriculum. But this transformational equity work manual that they’ve been hiding, clearly says that teachers have the power to adapt, modify or...
    Hundreds of angry parents have dialed in to a Zoom meeting to slam the Vice President of San Francisco's school board after anti-Asian tweets she penned in 2016 were recently unearthed.  During the meeting on Tuesday night, VP Alison Collins refused to rescind her position and instead offered up a vague apology for her racist messages.  Collins - who identifies as black - stated: 'I'd like to reemphasize my sincere and heartfelt apologies and I'm currently engaging with my colleagues and working with the community for the good of all children in our district, especially black children who are often left behind'. She made no specific mention of Asian-American students and parents she had offended with the series of tweets posted on December 4, 2016.  In the tweets, Collins referred to Asian Americans as 'house n***ers' and said they used 'white supremacist thinking' to get ahead.   'Where are the vocal Asians speaking up against Trump?' Collins asked in her Twitter thread.  'Don't Asian Americans know they are on his list as well? Do they think they won't be deported? profiled? beaten? Being a...
    The entire senior staff of San Francisco schools has denounced a black school board member's tweets that claimed Asian Americans use 'white supremacist thinking' to get ahead.  On Sunday, 19 top administrators at the district's central office condemned the 2016 tweets from the board's Vice President Alison Collins, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.  The officials said the tweets 'perpetuate gross and harmful stereotypes and leave no room for nuance or potential misunderstanding'.  Their statement addressed Collins' tweets that she shared on December 4, 2016.  On Sunday, 19 top administrators at the district's central office condemned the 2016 tweets from the board's Vice President Alison Collins (left and right)  The officials said the tweets 'perpetuate gross and harmful stereotypes and leave no room for nuance or potential misunderstanding'. Their statement addressed Collins' tweets that she shared on December 4, 2016 In the thread, Collins explained that she was seeking to 'combat anti-black racism in the Asian community' and at her daughter's mostly Asian American school.  Collins said that Asian Americans...
    A California school board member is facing criticism after comparing reopening schools amid uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus vaccination rollout to "White supremacist ideology" and "slavery" in a meeting earlier this week.  The comments from La Mesa-Spring Valley Schools Board Vice President Chardá Bell-Fontenot – which were confirmed to Fox News by Superintendent David Feliciano – come as the San Diego-area district’s board voted in favor Tuesday of bringing students back to classrooms for hybrid learning starting April 19.  "I don’t think our plan should revolve around a vaccination, solely," a person is heard saying in a YouTube audio version of that board meeting posted online by the district. "I think there are a lot of other factors that are really important for children's health and well-being that we need to take into account here and to only put all of our eggs in one basket is doing a great disservice to our children."  Charda Bell-Fontenot has been receiving "hateful, racist, and threatening communications," the district's superintendent says. (LVM Schools/iStock) ENTIRE CALIFORNIA SCHOOL BOARD RESIGNS AFTER BEING CAUGHT MOCKING PARENTS OVER SCHOOL REOPENINGS  "Without any teachers we don’t have the ability to teach the students so that is where we have to start. We can’t just say the kids can go back into the classrooms and there is no vaccinated teachers there willing to do that," Bell-Fontenot then...
    SAN DIEGO — A San Diego County School District has condemned the behavior of a board member who likened efforts to reopen schools to white supremacist ideology, white privilege, and slavery, prompting a backlash from the community. The remarks made Tuesday by Charda Bell-Fontenot, vice president of the La Mesa-Spring Valley Board of Education, were captured on video and posted on Facebook, where it received more than 15,000 views. Bell-Fontenot, who is black, directed her comments toward her colleagues, who are white and Hispanic, in a testy exchange during a virtual board meeting. Ultimately the board voted 4-1 vote in favor of reopening schools on April 19. “We can't just say that kids can go back in the classroom, and there's no vaccinated teachers willing to do that,” Bell-Fontenot said. “How are we forcing people — that seems like a very white supremacist ideology to force people to comply with ...You are thinking about one type of family when you are speaking right now. Privilege. Check it, you guys!” NEWSOM EMBARKS ON COVID VACCINE ROADSHOW Superintendent David...
    A board member of a San Diego public school district claimed that reopening schools for in-person instruction was “white supremacist ideology” and told fellow board members to check their privilege when they discussed potential reopening dates. According to radio 600 KOGO News Radio, Chardá Bell-Fontenot, the Vice President of La Mesa-Spring Valley Schools, told board members that “forcing” teachers to return to classrooms when they don’t want to was “slavery” after another board member said that the district’s plans shouldn’t solely revolve around vaccination. “Without any teachers we don’t have the ability to teach the students so that’s where we have to start right now,” Bell-Fontenot said. “We can’t just say kids can go back into the classrooms when there’s no vaccinated teachers there willing to do that, that’s the problem. So how are we forcing people . . . that seems like a very white supremacist ideology to force people to comply with, you know, and conform without thinking about all of their intersecting factors and barriers that exist for all families.” “You’re thinking about one type...
              Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed all-star panelist Crom Carmichael and MNPS District Six School Board Member Fran Bush to the studio to discuss the failed leadership with Metro Public Schools. Leahy: We are having a party in the studio this morning. Joining us as he almost always does on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6:30 is the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael. Good morning Crom. Carmichael: Michael. Good morning sir. Leahy: And also with us in the studio the very popular member of the Metro Nashville Public School Board and the champion of in-person learning Fran Bush. Good morning Fran. Bush: Good morning. Leahy: Well Crom, you know Fran exercised her freedom of speech the other day on Facebook and all the crazy folks on the left just were vicious in their personal attacks on her. And it was just a little...
    By: KDKA-TV’s Bryant Reed PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A plan to close more than a half-dozen Pittsburgh Public schools is not moving forward — for now. The school board voted Tuesday to table the idea one day after Superintendant Anthony Hamlet proposed it. RELATED STORY: Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Proposes Plan To Close 7 Schools And 6 Buildings “I’m not against change, but it is not that simple,” said board member Pam Harbin. Pittsburgh Public Schools in mulling over the decision to ring the final bell and shut down seven schools and close six buildings in the district. The reason? A $39 million deficit and more than 17,000 empty seats. “We are putting a higher priority on brick and mortar and not the same urgency on academic achievement, which is our primary mission,” said board member Sala Udin. The goal is to modernize the district’s footprint, but some of the school board members believe there needs to be a second look at this plan, that the plan to close schools is merely one way of closing the district. ...
              Mayoral candidate Kim Gray is running to increase transparency in Richmond’s government, return to a community-based planning model, and improve Richmond’s schools. Her resume includes jobs for two former governors, eight years as a school board member, and four years as council member of Richmond’s Second District. Her political roots run to her childhood. “My father was a member of this political club called the West End Political Association. And I would go to those meetings as a very young girl, and just take it all in,” Gray said. “It was always exciting, there was hardy debate. What he always said during those debates was, ‘We can agree to disagree, but we shouldn’t be disagreeable.’ So, they could go to almost fisticuffs but at the end of all of the debate, everybody left on good terms, most of the time. It was just an agreement that if they were going to work towards a common good, they have to be able to reconcile and find common ground.” Gray emphasized her years as a...
              The lawsuit against former Metro Nashville Public Schools superintendent Dr. Shawn Joseph and the Metro government is still pending, one of the plaintiffs, a school board member, says. Fran Bush is one of three MNPS school board members who are suing Joseph and the Metro government. The other plaintiffs are board members Jill Speering and Amy Frogge. “It is still pending in court,” Bush told The Tennessee Star. “It is being heard by our attorney. Right now, it is looking like we will prevail.” Their attorney is Daniel Horwitz. The plaintiffs allege that a clause in Joseph’s severance agreement violates their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights, WSMV reports. The plaintiffs claim that they are not able to truthfully talk with constituents, with one another and with others, and that the clause does not allow for “truthful criticism” of Joseph. Part of Joseph’s severance agreement includes a clause prohibiting the school board from making “any disparaging or defamatory comments regarding Dr. Joseph and his performance as Director of Schools.” Speering, Bush and Frogge voted...
              Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed MNPS District Six school board member Fran Bush to the newsmakers line. During the third hour, Bush explained her position calling for in-person school and sports to resume in Davidson County. She added that underserved students are seriously being hurt, and that she continues to be ignored by the director of schools Dr. Battle while they are playing politics with students. Leahy: I’m in the studio with Carol Swain. And on the newsmaker line my new hero, metro school board member Fran Bush. Welcome, Fran. Bush: Hi. Good morning. Good morning everybody. How is everybody doing this morning? Swain: Hi Fran. Thank you so much for everything you are doing. Bush: Oh, hi Carol it’s so great to hear from you. Leahy: Wow. I am just very impressed by your public stance calling for football to be...
              Tuesday morning on the Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Michael Patrick Leahy discussed Metro school board’s district six member Fran Bush’s recent post on Facebook addressing parents discontent with Metro Nashville public schools decision to continue to halt in-person learning, extracurricular activities and sports. Leahy continued: Big rally yesterday. Parents in Nashville want Metro Nashville public schools to get back to in-person learning and also to allow kids to play sports. Apparently they chose not to do that. I have been a very strong critic of Metro Nashville public schools for some time. A critic of the nine-member board and the administration there. They’re doing all things wrong in my view. Some people celebrate the fact that all nine members of the school board are women. And that the new director Dr. Battle is a woman. And some think that makes a difference. Whether it’s all-male or all-female or mixed isn’t the issue in my view....
    BRYAN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A person was hospitalized in critical condition Monday following a single-engine plane crash in Bryan, Texas, that killed a young woman and her parents, police said. Bryan police on Monday identified the three people killed in the Sunday afternoon crash as 54-year-old David Walker, 51-year-old Tamara Walker and their daughter, Victoria Walker, 21. Police said the Walkers were from Farmersville, about 40 miles northeast of Dallas. The injured person was not related to them. “The Brave Nation lost three integral members of its community Sunday afternoon when David, Tammy, and Victoria were called away from this world,” said Community ISD Superintendent Dr. Roosevelt Nivens. “Our prayers and our hearts are with the Walker and Abbott families, with Victoria’s sister, Madeline, who was not on the plane, and with the family of Victoria’s boyfriend.” Tamara Walker served Community ISD as a school board member, and along with her daughters Victoria and Madeline was an alumni of Community ISD. Police say the four occupants were found in the plane after it crashed on the runway at Coulter Airfield...
    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Dr. Angie Taylor — a Reno pastor and school board trustee — addressed the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday evening as part of a round-robin discussion on healthcare and the 2020 election. During the second day of the virtual convention, former Vice President Joe Biden digested stories from Taylor and groups of supporters presented in front of him on television screens. Taylor said she worried about members of her church, Reno's Greater Light Christian Center, that lacked health insurance. “As a church, you're concerned about people spiritually, but you're also concerned about other areas of their life. And that includes their physical well-being,” she told Biden. Taylor has supported Biden's bid for the presidency since the Nevada caucuses due to his support for the Affordable Care Act and ability to connect and inspire strangers on a personal level, she said. After battling breast cancer, Taylor became one of the Reno area's most vocal advocates for universal access to healthcare. While she was undergoing treatment, a childhood friend who lacked health insurance was also diagnosed with breast...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The mayor of Pico Rivera has been charged, along with the owner of an educational consulting firm, with improperly reimbursing family members and friends for donating money to the campaign of a Montebello school board member. Gustavo Vidal Camacho, 54, and Luis Diaz Rojas, 55, were each charged with felony conspiracy to commit improper identification of a campaign contributor and a misdemeanor count of making a campaign contribution under a false name or improper identification of a campaign contributor, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. (credit: City Of Pico Rivera) Camacho was first elected to the Pico Rivera City Council in November of 2009 and has served as mayor three times. Rojas, the owner of the DelTerra Group, and Camacho are each accused of taking part in a scheme to launder contributions to Joanna Flores, a board member of the Montebello Unified School District. According to the District Attorney’s Office, donors were reimbursed after being enlisted by Rojas and Camacho to sign checks to the Flores campaign. If convicted as charged, both men...
    (CNN)Members of the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board are calling for the resignation of a fellow member after a viral video showed her being criticized for her defense of a school named after Robert E. Lee and for what appeared to be her online shopping at a hearing over renaming it. "We the members present are calling for the immediate resignation of our colleague Connie Bernard," school board Vice President Tramelle Howard said to reporters Monday. "Thursday evening was over 400 years of pain and hurt on display, and our colleague decided to ignore the cry of our community and totally misrepresent us as a school board."The board cannot remove a sitting member, he said.Amid a renewed reckoning with systemic racism spurred by the police killing of George Floyd, the district met Thursday over a resolution to set up a committee to rename "Lee High School," which was originally named after Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.Confederate statues are coming down following George Floyds death. Heres what we knowBut days before the hearing, board member Connie Bernard said she wanted...
    A Louisiana man verbally laid into a local school board member in a caught-on-camera confrontation after she was busted shopping online during a hearing to rename a school dubbed in honor of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Activist Gary Chambers forcefully tore into board member Connie Bernard at Thursday’s East Baton Rouge Parish School Board meeting during a discussion on whether to rename the school. “I had intended to get up here and talk about how racist Robert E. Lee was, but I’m going to talk about you, Connie,” Chambers told Bernard, video shows. “Sitting over there shopping while we’re talking about Robert E. Lee. This is a picture of you shopping while we’re talking about racism and history in this country.” Bernard’s actions show she didn’t “give a damn” about the topic, Chambers said, while urging her to step down immediately. “You should walk out of here and resign and never come back because you are the example of racism in this community,” Chambers said. “You are horrible.” Bernard, however, took issue with Chambers’ claim, telling The Advocate...
    A Baton Rouge activist has ripped into a school board member for allegedly shopping during a debate on renaming Lee High School, named after the Confederate general she defended for 'freeing slaves.' Gary Chambers, who was a candidate for the Louisiana state senate last year, called on Connie Bernard to resign at a school board meeting last Thursday. 'I had intended to get up here and talk about how racist Robert E. Lee was, but I'm gonna talk about you, Connie,' Chambers said as he brandished a photo he said he'd taken of her. 'Sitting over there shopping while we're talking about Robert E. Lee. This is a picture of you shopping while we're talking about racism in history in this country ... Because you don't give a damn and it's clear.'   Bernard, who had wanted Lee High School to keep the name of the Confederate general, got up and walked out of the meeting as Chambers continued to berate her for being 'horrible.'  Read more: www.brproud.com/... EBR School Board member Connie Bernard apologizes for comments after being told she should...
    (CNN)In a now-viral video, an activist sharply criticized a Louisiana school board member who defended naming a school after Robert E. Lee -- and who then appeared to be online shopping while at a hearing on the topic."You sit your arrogant self in here and sit on there shopping while the pain and the hurt of the people of this community is on display because you don't give a damn and you should resign," the activist, Gary Chambers Jr., told board member Connie Bernard at the hearing."You should walk out of here and resign and never come back because you are the example of racism in this community," he added. "You are horrible."Chambers' fiery commentary at an East Baton Rouge Parish school board hearing June 18 comes amid a renewed reckoning with systemic racism, White supremacy and police violence against Black people, spurred by the police killing of George Floyd.One part of that reckoning has been a push to remove monuments or odes to the Confederacy, the collection of states that seceded and waged war against the Union over the...
    In a video that’s now gone viral on both Twitter and Facebook, Baton Rouge, Louisiana resident Gary Chambers, a Black man and publisher of The Rouge Collection, calls out East Baton Rouge School Board member Connie Bernard, who is white, for allegedly online shopping during a meeting, as reported by The Independent. What was the meeting about? Moving to change the name of a local school, Lee Magnet High School, which is currently named after confederate general Robert E. Lee. “This is a picture of you shopping while we're talking about racism and history in this country,” Chambers said at a board meeting, holding up his cell phone. “Only white members of the board got up while we're talking. You don't give a damn."  “You sit your arrogant self in here and sit on there shopping while the pain and the hurt of this community are on display,” Chambers said in a video from the June 18 meeting. "You should walk out of here and resign and never come back because you are the example of racism in this community. You are horrible." Bernard has since issued...
    In a video that has gone viral, a white school board member in Baton Rouge gets scolded by a Black activist who is fed up with her defending a high school being named after General Robert E. Lee — and apparently shopping online during a recent board meeting. Connie Bernard, a member of the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board, had to apologize on Friday for defending the Confederate solider after getting called out by activist Gary Chambers. Swearing to be part of the solution, Bernard essentially apologized for being a racist after she defended and voted in the past to uphold Lee’s namesake. READ MORE: Robert E. Lee high school name change brings students to tears On Thursday, a unanimous vote got passed to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School, which got shortened to Lee High after a similar backlash in 2016. However, for Bernard, the decision was a tough one, considering she once said that parents and students triggered by the school’s name did not know their history. “I would hope that they would learn a...
    A board member of a Northern Texas school district has worn a Blackface costume, supposedly mocking Venus and Serena Williams.  At a Halloween party in 2012, Tami Tobey, one of the board members of Midlothian ISD Board of Trustees, posed in a racist group photo with two of her friends. She was photographed smiling and holding a tennis racket, while wearing fake cornrows and lip liner—the caricature features of a Black woman. One of her unnamed friends is in Blackface as well, but it is indistinguishable which Williams sister Tobey and her friend were trying to portray.  READ MORE: Jamie Foxx defends Jimmy Fallon after ‘SNL’ blackface sketch resurfaces Her second friend in the middle, though not wearing Blackface, is seen carrying three baby dolls with hoop earrings, a stereotype of Black mothers having too many children. The original source is claiming Tobey previously wore Blackface at another Halloween party in 2011. Although pictures were not provided, the source said her costume was based on the controversial hit movie The Help. Tobey is said to have dressed like a...
    The school member who sparked a backlash after Facebook posts about the death of George Floyd and subsequent Black Lives Matter protests has resigned. The Brewster Board of Education announced Saturday morning, June 13 that Krista Berardi had stepped down as a trustee. Berardi submitted her letter of resignation late Friday night, June 12, the board said. Brewster School Board President Sonia Mesika had called for Berardi to resign and members of the community held a protest over the situation after a Change.org petition started by Brewster High School student garnered thousands of signatures. On Sunday, May 31, a post on Berardi's Facebook account said: “Read This Now!!! Was the George Floyd Incident Staged?” in all capital letters. Later, on Wednesday, June 3, a post on the account read: “This is the (expletive) I’m dealing with right now. It’s been such an emotional rollercoaster the past couple of days, I just want to get out with my daughter for a couple of hours.” The posts led to an outcry in the community, though the Board of Education announced it did...
    While recognizing free speech rights, Brewster School Board President Sonia Mesika is calling for a trustee to resign after she made inflammatory social media posts after the death of George Floyd. Earlier story - School Board Won't Remove Member For Facebook Post On George Floyd, ProtestsOn Sunday, May 31, a post on Trustee Krista Berardi's Facebook account said: “Read This Now!!! Was the George Floyd Incident Staged?” in all capital letters. Later, on Wednesday, June 3, a post on the account read: “This is the (expletive) I’m dealing with right now. It’s been such an emotional rollercoaster the past couple of days, I just want to get out with my daughter for a couple of hours.” The posts led to an outcry in the community, though the Board of Education announced this week during a Zoom meeting that Berardi would not be removed from her position. In response, Mesika penned a letter to the community calling for the trustee’s resignation. “The Board of Education recognizes that Board Trustee Berardi has free speech rights as an individual, which prevents...
    A school board member in Putnam County will keep her position after making insensitive comments on social media after the police-related death of George Floyd. During a Zoom Board of Education meeting that was heavily attended by community members on Thursday night, June 11, the Brewster Board of Education announced it would not be removing Krista Berardi from the board after her comments surfaced. On Sunday, May 31, a post on Berardi's Facebook account said: “Read This Now!!! Was the George Floyd Incident Staged?” in all capital letters. Days later, on Wednesday, June 3, a post on the account read: “This is the (expletive) I’m dealing with right now. It’s been such an emotional rollercoaster the past couple of days, I just want to get out with my daughter for a couple of hours.” “These dumbasses need to get hosed if they don't get off the highway. This will never make people sympathetic to your cause, it will make people hate you though,” in response to a group of protesters who temporarily shut down an exit off Route 84. The...
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