Earlier this year, Popular Information reported that the Pennridge School Board in Pennsylvania hired Jordan Adams, a right-wing educational consultant, to assist in the development of curriculum and other issues. Adams launched his company, Vermilion Education, in March 2023. A month later, Pennridge agreed to pay $125 per hour for his services. The contract included no limit on the number of hours, no specific deliverables, and no termination date. Pennridge is Adams' only public school client.
Well what do you know? Actual parents who are actual voters in the school district do not like the direction being set by Karens for Fascism and other outsider screamers. They don't like book bans. They don't like anti-LGBTQ+ bigotry. They sure as hell don't like the employment of scam artists. And they want their kids taught the real history of the country, not some ideological white washed bullshit from Hillsdale College or PraegerU. This was repeated all across the country.
The election results this week provided the best version of "R", for repudiation. As a Virginian, I'm hoping Youngkin slinks back into private life after his one term. He can go back to life as a vulture capitalist destroying businesses instead of ruining an entire state. 😆
Finally waking up to good news! There is hope! Keep up your great work, Mr. "Bad Veggie."
Let's all celebrate how all of PI's intensive work about book banning and Moms For Liberty groups has paid off! Nationally! All because of Popular Information shining the light on those who would suffocate learning about actual history, all racial and cultural groups, and varieties in sexuality!
Is there any news about Florida? That was where this movement against learning the actual facts of American history seemed to begin.
By the way Jordan Adams, a right-wing educational consultant hired in PA must be one of the most boring men alive--I can just see 1st graders' eyes glaze over with his curriculum. How sad because that is when children are the most open and curious!
I live in a red state that rejected extremism Tuesday. It’s refreshing and energizing to know that my fellow citizens, regardless of political party, will come together to reject ideological overreach. Thank you for your efforts to out these people through your reporting!
And in Roseville, Minnesota a Holocaust denier running for the school board received one percent.
The elections show that people are waking up to the effects of the Republican party. Those who lack the imagination to envision the policies have had to let them happen before they could react. So, as John Dewey, famous educator understood, experience teaches. Let us hope we do not need to have Republican plan 2025 in place for Americans to wake up to what living under a fascist government is like.
It’s like music to my ears! Thank you for shining a light on these right-wing zealots and the organizations they represent!
Another great follow-up report and a big sigh of relief that Moms for Liberty had a bad night.
The first question that comes to mind is this - does't the school itself, or it's staff, already have someone more than qualified to do what they hired Adams for, without the additional expense? The second question is - why are they hiring expensive consultants when we hear numerous reports of teachers having to buy supplies for their students and classrooms?
From 2009 to 2011, Wake County, NC (Raleigh) let in a precursor to Karen for Fascism. Our school board went hard right on neighborhood schools vs diversity and then hired total incompetent Tony Tata for superintendent. The county reacted hard against and voted them out in the very next election. Wake County has only gotten more blue in the time since then.
I think because school boards hit us where we care most, we react against their nonsense quicker. And sometimes it really wakes people up. The ripples spread.
My neighbor ousted the school board leader; after 2 terms on the school board, she won election to the county commissioners. Another school board member drew her husband into politics: he just got re-elected to our town council. The ripples keep spreading.
Judd and crew are helping to make the sane thing happen against today's Karens (I meant to type 'same' but 'sane' works, too). I am very grateful for the grand work at PI.
Accountability journalism works. Thank you for this hopeful summary, and for all the work you do Judd!
Honestly, this pushback is the greatest victory of the week. These people are simply the worst. The GOP culture war nonsense also really blew up in their faces in my state of NJ. Thanks for all your great reporting on this issue.
Keep shining the light on these cockroaches
This is all such great news Judd. Thanks for bringing it to us.
And although the news we are getting from the media recently about the 2024 election looks bleak, I have always have had an abiding faith in the majority of the American people to do the right thing when confronted with such egregious challenges to our Constitutional rights, such as this recent spate of censors and book banners.
On November 5, 2024 the forces of democracy will always prevail over those of dictatorship … just as they did on Tuesday!
When we vote, we win!!! 💙