The election of Republican Glenn Youngkin as governor of Virginia Tuesday night was the shot that was heard across the country as Republican Democrats at both local and state levels of government erupted across the country.
A focus of not only the Virginia governor’s race centered around education – what teachers teach and what role parents should play. Opposition to Critical Race Theory (CRT) has appeared in the Virginia race, but also in school board races across the country.
Opponents of CRT turned up on election night, and a new political action committee dedicated to such elections won 75% of 58 school board races they ran in seven states. The 1776 project PAC was a great force.
Anti-CRT school board candidates win
Those 1776 Project PAC victories and Youngkin’s governor victory in VA underscore the power of cultural wars and COVID-related issues in schools this year – how GOP candidates will lead the trend toward new majorities.https://t.co/8Y5agGXcQm
– Eddie Clatt (@ClattEddie) 4 November 2021
The late Andrew Breitbart once said, “politics is downstream of culture,” and it seems Republicans are starting to invent it.
The founder of the 1776 Project PAC, Ryan Girdusky, told Axios: “My PAC is running a campaign on behalf of everyday moms and dads who want better access to their children’s education. ”
Soooo… the left says CRT is not real but is ALSO furious that parents are fighting to keep it out of the classrooms… have it.
– Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) 3 November 2021
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Parents ask ‘Can this happen here?’
According to the Axios report, school officials say everywhere they are “concerned” about “misinformation” disseminated about what is actually taught in the country’s public schools.
At least where Virginia is involved, however, there have been widespread reports of media experts who claim that parents really do not see what they think they are, and that CRT is not taught.
Opponents of CRT argue that this is a semantic ploy – that supporters of CRT play a word game to learn the principles and topics of CRT without explicitly mentioning it.
And while school boards may pick up conservative candidates in nice red spots like Kansas, candidates don’t just win in red states. Conservative candidates won Tuesday in pretty blue spots, including Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and Passaic County, New Jersey.
Anti-CRT candidates win school board seats in Kansas, Texas and Ohio say voters reject ‘divisive ideology’https://t.co/URMDZX1IPm
– Jim (@DAYUNITEDSTATES) 4 November 2021
What prompted parents to take action
Those who followed parents’ reactions at school board meetings pointed to several factors in which a sleeping giant was awakened. In Virginia, it was undoubtedly former Governor Terry McAuliffe’s statement during debate with Glenn Youngkin that, “I do not think parents should tell schools what to teach.”
For millions of other parents across the country, the last straw was probably U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland who mobilized the FBI and local prosecutors to work with local officials to target parents who could be considered a “threat” by simply speak at school board meetings about teaching CRT or mask mandates.
Education may be the winning formula for Republicans in 2022 and beyond. A national IDP strategist also told Axios that the issue of education “seems to be moving in our direction, whether it is school closures, curriculum or critical racial theory.”
“Anti-CRT parents win school board victories across America”
From VA, CO, KS, MI, NJ, PA, & MN, along with other areas not mentioned here, parents are taking back their school boards, and it’s fantastic! There is still work to be done, so do not stop fighting!
– Gray Wolf (@ graywolf442) 4 November 2021
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