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For anyone involved in or contemplating a run for school board to fight right-wing extremism, here's a website providing resources, connections to those who have won such races, etc.: Democracy and Education at https://www.assistdemocracy.org/resources-1

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I'm so glad you reported on this! This is one of our local school districts. This particular meeting where this right-wing hack presented his "state-of-the-art" curriculum, which does not meet state requirements, lasted until 1:00 a.m. Curriculum developers and supervisors, students, parents, and teachers were outraged, but the right-wing school board didn't see a problem with it and decided to move ahead with this. Their argument was that this was a cost issue, and it was hypocritical since no one ever complained about other consultants and their fees. Pennridge used to be a good school district, but that won't be the case for long. Not sure what will happen since their curriculum does not meet state requirements. But I'm grateful for the publicity.

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Seems like a parent in the district would have standing to sue the board for malfeasance given the shady contract and the poor preparation of the contractor. Put this in the frame of ordinary contract law and a duty to perform work that is billed. Sounds like that could prevail.

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It's the dishonesty that never ceases to shock me. They just flat out lie and hide both who they are and what they intend, and it never seems to result in consequences.

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Exquisite investigative journalism. The "No Child Left Behind" mandates during Bush II: many of us then in [public] education viewed that drive as intended to "do in" public schools and hence privatize education. Once privatized, the curriculum takeover you have investigated slides right in. TY for your work.

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"Recruited by the DeSantis administration." I don't want to say necessarily that this tells you all you need to know about Vermilion Education, but it does not speak to their credentials either.

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"Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted." -Lenin

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EVERY ACCUSATION BY THE CONSERVATIVES IS AN ACCUSATION.

They are promoting indoctrination not education. Liberals need to stop telling people what the conservatives are doing and start asking questions like define indoctrination. Define woke. Define the ideas they are proposing. We have to start selling what progress is and how this is not progress.

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If anyone ever doubted a hidden agenda item on the far right platform is to eliminate public education, here is proof. First they wanted vouchers, now that they have vouchers, clearly that isn’t enough because they’re going after public education curriculums. Obviously, they didn’t really just want their tax dollars put into the education of their choice. They want to get rid of public education as we have known it and turn it into the very same control of thoughts and information they’ve been complaining about for years in liberal colleges and schools. In other words, they want to ban critical thinking skills.

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Thank you for highlighting this issue. People like Adams have no business consulting to public school boards and leeching tax dollars.

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As always this is another frightening example of religious zealots. We must never forget (until the zealots delete it from our history) that they fled England to find a place to practice their restrictive religion. Apparently that DNA is still alive these almost 250 years later.

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Does Vermilion Education offer school uniforms as well? Brown shirts, for example?

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The Bucks County School District has been quietly removing books from student access ('it's not a ban!' they claim), shutting down safe spaces for LGBTQ students, as well as other formal and informal programs that support an inclusive student population. This curriculum 'advisory' scheme is just another step in the goal of re-establishing the Orthodox worldview of white Christian nationalists. Since their worldview has been deemed odious by a majority of people testing negative for brainworns, they can only push through their agenda by working quietly at the local level. Thank you for your reporting on this topic Judd. These groups are prepared to work for the next several decades if they need to, similar to their work against reproductive freedom. We all need to be active locally and push back against these groups

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Modern day republicans are idiots, and they clearly want to create another generation of idiots to vote for them, since they have no policies besides hate and fear.

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I have three degrees and was an educator in NY for a few years before becoming a mom. I could have used my time to join organizations dedicated to dismantling education. Damnit, I could have been rich 😩. I’m doing life wrong. Seriously, these people cannot be allowed to dictate what anyone is learning.

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I am reading G-Man about the life and times of J. Edgar Hoover.

This Country seems to have a penchant for swinging into these right wing extremisms. Hoover greatly favored the right wing agenda and was at one time considered a moral leader (what a laugh). Sane people need to keep speaking out.

Thank you Judd for all the great investigation and reporting! We need to be informed!

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