‘The point is intimidation’: Florida teachers besieged by draconian laws

The Guardian, May 13, 2023, Steven Greenhouse

Teachers say they’re feeling more disrespected, unappreciated and under attack than ever before by new vague laws championed by Governor Ron DeSantis. They say that DeSantis has targeted them as part of a culture war and that, as a result, they’re considering either giving up teaching or finding a teaching job in another state.

Is Our Children Learning Too Much?

Texas Monthly, April 13, 2022,
Christopher Hooks

Moral panics are useful if your goal is to weaken public education in favor of parochial and other private schools. Christopher Rufo, a fellow at the conservative Manhattan Institute, has helped kick-start the crusade. “To get universal school choice, you really need to operate from the position of universal public school distrust,” he said.

School board battleground: Emotions erupt

NBC 12 Local News, April 24, 2023 Hunter Bassler & Joe Dana

School board meetings recently are not just about budgets and student awards. Emotions are high over what is taught and what is tolerated. Three education experts discuss the issues: President of the Arizona Teachers Association, Director of Government Relations for the Arizona School Boards Association, and Deputy Superintendent of the Arizona Department of Education.

Example of Stochastic Terrorism: Zip ties & death threats for elementary school principal

International Business Times, Sept. 5, 2021, Nirmeeti Patole

Three men with zip ties attempted to arrest an elementary school principal during the school day because of the school’s compliance with county health department covid rules. The principal said she received a death threat immediately after the encounter. “The next time it will be a barrel pointed at your Nazi face…Remember, Tucson is a small community and you have a target on your back for enforcing unlawful orders.”

A Colorado Dad on “becoming a school board activist when extremists took over” his daughter’s school board

Public Voices for Public Schools, Feb. 13, 2023, Matt Gawlowski

An “introverted data nerd… republican” dad in Colorado writes, “Like so many school districts across the country right now…(our school district) is being torn apart by politics. School board meetings are contentious, students are afraid and teachers are threatening to leave. Our community is fracturing…When I saw that the teachers and students in our local schools needed parents like me to speak up when they couldn’t, I had no choice but to step up. I hope that my story will inspire folks in communities where similar battles are raging to do the same.”

Their Fight is our Fight

Tucson Sentinel, May 1, 2023, Blake Morlock

The CFSD, “Governing Board canceled a meeting last week, fearing violence…I can’t speak to life as a transgender kid but their fight is our fight…History has shown us how…everyone is an enemy who fails to follow very specific orthodoxy as prescribed by propaganda…The hatred (to) these kids (kids!) harkens back to what the early Ku Klux Klan had against newly freed slaves. Why are they turning their hate on kids?”

Transgender Youth: ‘Forced outing’ bills make schools unsafe

ABC News, March 22, 2023, Hannah Schoenbaum & Sean Murphy

Forced-outing laws for schools could create life-threatening situations for those kids with unsupportive families. Forcing teachers to call home and “tell the parent things that those children have told them in confidence is going to hurt kids, it’s going to get kids beat.”