VIEWPOINT: A call to support public education – Monadnock Ledger Transcript

by | May 17, 2022 | Education

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Published: 5/17/2022 11:18:20 AM
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I fear for public schools as Republican legislatures follow a well-scripted and well-funded campaign to sow mistrust and direct taxpayer funds to private and charter schools, the new Lionheart Classical Academy in Peterborough included.To stir parents’ fears, a group of right-wing activists plucked Critical Race Theory from law-school curricula and transformed it into a means of indoctrinating K-through-12 students. For Tucker Carlson at Fox News, cameras in classrooms are needed to fight this “civilization-ending poison.” Teacher surveillance came to New Hampshire when the Republican Legislature passed an ill-defined “divisive concepts” law prohibiting public-school teachers from discussing issues like race and gender identity. Anyone can report a teacher on a special web portal. A group called Moms for Liberty offered $500 to the first person to report a teacher.New Hampshire Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut wrote an op-ed stating concerns about “rogue educators” who impose their values in opposition to parents’ values. Counter to Edelblut and other charter-school advocates, recent Ipsos/NPR polling of public-school parents found strong overall satisfaction, including in how they present “divisive concepts.”Regarding taxpayer funding, public schools receive per-student state “adequacy grants” of $3,700. The state funds $7,100 to $7,300 per charter-school student. Lionheart also received a f …

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