Letter - Right-wing influence in schools

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Recently, the Douglas County School Board voted to keep equity policy on the front burner. In a split vote, the board directed Superintendent Kane to gather input from stakeholders, culminating in a March 2023 report compiling recommended changes in the policy.

The majority’s decision is yet another right-wing play designed to maintain high political heat and local ideological divisiveness. With this vote, the conservative majority ensures the issue of equity and race in public education will remain in the public eye for the 2022 midterm elections, and the 2024 presidential election as well.

Working with conservative think-tanks and GOP operatives, the DCSD majority will maintain an array of public education policy discussions front-and-center, as a prime tool in the string of fake moral panics offered up to keep the base riled and get out the vote for conservative candidates and causes.

In this vein, we should expect to see continuation of the agenda of hot-button issues including public school policy, gun rights, health decisions, individual rights, religion in politics, SCOTUS, government overreach and immigration, among others. Similar right-wing efforts in communities across the state and nation will build up to the 2024 election.

Local opposition to this effort to dismantle public education can pull together a deeper grassroots plan of organization, messaging, and legal action. As local history shows, the genuine answer is voting extremism out of institutional decision-making … DCSD, county, local and state government.

Until then, our community should be prepared for a constant stream of right-wing strategies and tactics — equity policy, teachers unions, charter schools, vouchers — cloaked in the collusion and propaganda of contrived right-wing moral panics driven by the national plan.

Lloyd Guthrie

Roxborough

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