Douglas County Schools in Colorado closed on Thursday after nearly 1,500 teachers called in sick to protest the recently elected conservative school board.
The teachers skipped class to protest outside of the school board building over the newly-elected conservatives voting to end the district’s mask mandate, amend the district’s equity policy, and call to remove the superintendent.
Thursday, February 3 will be a no-student contact day.
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— Douglas County School District (@dcsdk12) February 3, 2022
Hundreds of teachers are gathered outside of the Douglas County school District.They say they are doing this because they want to teach kids but have to stand up because politics is entering the way the school district is managed. pic.twitter.com/ClfeWLcbHh
— Jenny Brundin (@CPRBrundin) February 3, 2022
Well over a thousand people converging on Douglas County School District HQ in Castle Rock to protest the new conservative school board majority’s alleged, potentially illegal effort to oust superintendent Corey Wise following tensions over COVID and equity policies pic.twitter.com/KuXYKR33TJ
— Chase Woodruff (@dcwoodruff) February 3, 2022
The Gateway Pundit reported:
The following day, the school board voted to oust superintendent Corey Wise, who had been employed by the district for 25 years.
An online petition to overthrow the will of the voters and recall the conservative school board members now has over 16,000 signatures. A formal recall would not be possible until the summer. Under the rules, a board member cannot be recalled until they have served for at least six months — and they were just elected in November.
At the time of writing, the online petition to recall the newly-elected board members has around 20,000 signatures.
CPR News writes:
Another issue that has angered some parents and school officials is the fear that the new board majority wants to dismantle the district’s equity policy. A new resolution passed by the board last week directs the superintendent to recommend changes to the equity policy that reflect the new principles in the resolution. One of those is that no policy should “impose stereotypical beliefs and actions of an identity group onto a student.”
Supporters of the policy say that is not the intent of the original policy, which was passed unanimously last spring. They say the intent is to guide the predominantly white district in addressing unfair practices and complaints of racism, and to make student resources more representative of different groups of people. It creates an equity advisory committee, which has already met several times, to assist the school in this task.
Local parents have voiced their disapproval with leftist indoctrination in public schools and voted for a change in the Douglas County school district.
Like other regions of the country, many parents are actively trying to prevent their children from being taught critical race theory in the classroom.
And teachers who support the racist concept want to overthrow the will of the voters who demand a change in the school system.