You are doing well : Hostile school board meetings have members calling it quits

No more. Do not sit down, do not shut up. Give it right back to them and then some. The left learned the trick years ago; Now it is their turn. Show up, sound off, and tell them what you really think. Don’t let up until they give up. They are not used to confrontation; they are used to owning the argument. Give them one they will never forget.

“A Nevada school board member said he had thoughts of suicide before stepping down amid threats and harassment. In Virginia, a board member resigned over what she saw as politics driving decisions on masks. The vitriol at board meetings in Wisconsin had one member fearing he would find his tires slashed.

School board members are largely unpaid volunteers, traditionally former educators and parents who step forward to shape school policy, choose a superintendent and review the budget. But a growing number are resigning or questioning their willingness to serve as meetings have devolved into shouting contests between deeply political constituencies over how racial issues are taught, masks in schools, and COVID-19 vaccines and testing requirements.

In his letter of resignation from Wisconsin’s Oconomowoc Area School Board, Rick Grothaus said its work had become “toxic and impossible to do.”

“When I got on, I knew it would be difficult,” Grothaus, a retired educator, said by phone. “But I wasn’t ready or prepared for the vitriolic response that would occur, especially now that the pandemic seemed to just bring everything out in a very, very harsh way. It made it impossible to really do any kind of meaningful work.”

He resigned Aug. 15 along with two other members, including Dan Raasch, who wondered if his car and windshield would be intact after meetings.

The National School Boards Association’s interim executive director, Chip Slaven, said there isn’t evidence of widespread departures, but he and several board members reached by The Associated Press said the charged political climate that has seeped from the national stage into their meetings has made a difficult job even more challenging, if not impossible.

In Vail, Arizona, speakers at a recent meeting took turns blasting school board members over masks, vaccines and discussions of race in schools — even though the board had no plans to act on, or even discuss, any of those topics. “It’s my constitutional right to be as mean as I want to you guys,” one woman said.

The board moved on after more than an hour, only to be interrupted by more shouting. Board member Allison Pratt recalled thinking that if she weren’t already on the board, she wouldn’t aspire to be.

“There is starting to be an inherent distrust for school boards, that there’s some notion that we are out to indoctrinate children or to undermine parents or things like that, when we are on the same team,” said Pratt, who has been on the board six years. “We are here to help children.”

Pratt said she strives to view issues from the perspective of even the most extreme members of the community, and she has no plans to resign. But she has stepped up security at her home.

Police have been called to intervene in places including Vail, where parents protesting a mask mandate pushed their way into a board room in April, and in Mesa County, Colorado, where Doug Levinson was among school board members escorted to their cars by officers who had been unable to de-escalate a raucous Aug. 17 meeting. “Why am I doing this?” Levinson asked himself.

Kurt Thigpen wrote in leaving the Washoe County, Nevada, school board that he considered suicide amid relentless bullying and threats led by people who didn’t live in the county, let alone have children in the schools. “I was constantly looking over my shoulder,” he wrote in July.

Susan Crenshaw resigned from the Craig County, Virginia, school board this month with more than a year left in her term after being “blindsided,” she said, by her board’s decision to defy the state’s mask mandate in a move that she said felt more driven by political than educational considerations.”

https://apnews.com/article/health-education-coronavirus-pandemic-school-boards-35db5c9eec87b85ca8eb95a64c2f6dd7

9 responses to “You are doing well : Hostile school board meetings have members calling it quits

  1. Hell yeah, nail em in the ass…

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  2. School board members are like HOA board members……tiny nazi wannabes who LOVE power over others yet lack the intellect or ability to rise to a postiion of authority based on their talents. So they seek out and acquire that power through petty low level postions. The more succesful tend to move up the ladder..the REALLY skilled bullshitters become congresscritters.

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  3. No teacher, school administrator or teachers union member should be allowed to run for positions on school boards. The only thing they’re there for is to promote the teachers union agenda and ensure that teachers union contracts, i.e. pay, allowance and retirement, are approved with no or little question. Remember, it’s the dumb college kids that become teachers. This notion that teachers are altruistic, dedicated to the public good and interested in the well being of children may have been valid at some point in the distant past. Today, it’s all about the grift.

    What other job do you know of that allows employees to work 7-8 months of the year while paying them exorbitant amounts of money AND a guaranteed golden retirement.

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  4. No one should be allowed to serve on a board that has any connection to the “education” system, that is teachers, teachers union members, school administrators and school principles. These people serve to implement the teachers union agenda. What’s the evidence you ask? Look at the test scores. Kids are less well educated today, than they were in 19th century. Many kids graduate from high school without basic reading and math skills. The notion that these people and teachers in general are altruistic, serving the public good and have the best interests of children at heart is all part of the grift. Remember, the college students that become teachers are the ones that can’t cut it in STEM. What grift you ask? What other company in this country allows their employees to work 9 months out of the year while being paid exorbitant sums and earning a guaranteed golden retirement?

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  5. To the headline. Yes. Call them liars everytime they open their trap. Harrass them in heir comfort zones.

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  6. All I can see is a sox with a que ball in it. SUPRISE !!!!!!! Never expected that!

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  7. Susan Crenshaw resigned from the Craig County, Virginia, school board this month with more than a year left in her term after being “blindsided,” she said, by her board’s decision to defy the state’s mask mandate in a move that she said felt more driven by political than educational considerations.”

    Maybe she should consider that the state mask mandate was more political than scientific. In any case, it certainly isn’t from an educational consideration.

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