WTF? Teachers’ Union Sues Mom For Demanding Records On How Critical Race Theory Is Taught At Her Daughter’s School

Written by K. Walker on August 6, 2021

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One Rhode Island parent has found herself on the wrong side of the teachers’ union for requesting a trove of documents on Critical Race Theory in her local elementary school — but she’s not backing down.

Nicole Solas, a stay-at-home mom from Rhode Island, like many parents, is very concerned about the introduction of Critical Race Theory as the lens through which social studies and history is being taught to young, impressionable children.

In April, Solas sent a long email to the principal of her daughter’s school, Wakefield Elementary, and demanded records of how Critical Race Theory (CRT) is being introduced to students.

She continued to make requests for documents including the names of books and their authors that are in the school library or in classrooms. Solas filed her request through Rhode Island’s Access to Public Records Act, which gives individuals the right to see and obtain public records — including some email exchanges.

By June 2, Solas had filed more than 200 requests. The National Education Association Rhode Island (NEARI) was clearly fed up with her demands for information and filed a lawsuit claiming that her requests would put teachers “at risk” for harassment and that her demands violate teachers’ individual privacy rights.

On Thursday, Solas announced on Twitter that the union filed a lawsuit against her.

“We are asking the Court to conduct a balancing test to determine whether our members’ privacy rights outweigh the public interest,” said Jennifer Azevedo, who serves as deputy director of the National Education Association Rhode Island (NEARI). “We believe they do, and those records should either not be disclosed or should be redacted accordingly.”

In a filing dated Thursday, NEARI requested a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction from the state’s superior court. Both Solas and employees of the school district are named as defendants.

Solas fired back, telling Fox News, “You cannot be employed by the state and also demand immunity from public scrutiny. That’s not how open government works in America. Academic transparency is not a collective bargaining negotiation. It’s a parental right.”

NEARI’s verified complaint, which was filed Monday, states: “Given the circumstances of the requests, it is likely that any teachers who are identifiable and have engaged in discussions about things like critical race theory will then be the subject of teacher harassment by national conservative groups opposed to critical race theory.”

Cornell law professor William Jacobson also argued that “[t]his lawsuit makes little sense on its face. The unions purport to be protecting their members non-public documents and information, but the public records law only applies to “public records” as defined under the statute.”
Source: Fox News

It looks like the teachers’ union is suing a parent for being “too involved” in her child’s education. Weird. Don’t teachers normally encourage parental involvement?

Here is Solas talking to Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt about the lawsuit:

The system in the United States allows taxpayers the right to know what is going on with publicly-funded institutions through freedom of information requests, and this mom has every right to demand information on what is going on in the school her child attends.

Is it an overwhelming amount of requests? Sure. Maybe if teachers and school boards were a bit more transparent, this sort of thing wouldn’t be necessary. But we see this kind of thing happening now because they’ve been hiding this anti-American teaching for years and dismiss it as a “right-wing conspiracy theory” when any evidence of it leaks out.

If there is one, tiny bright side to the lockdowns, it’s that “virtual school” exposed what has been happening for years in public schools, and parents finally saw it. The public education system doesn’t like that.

That’s because they’re not really educating kids anymore — they’re indoctrinating them. They’re the “experts” and parents should just shut up and take it…or else.

This attitude that the “experts” know better than you do about what’s right for your kids is defended by leftists everywhere, including lunkheads in Hollywood whose skillset is limited to reading other people’s words in a believable way.

Public education in North America has become an indoctrination tool for leftists and they’ve carved out a lot of the “education” part of schooling and replaced it with “woke” ideology.

But there are people out there like Nicole Solas that refuse to back down.

God bless them for it!

Go get ’em, Nicole!

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ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll