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Missouri | August 20, 2021

Missouri school district employees sue over allegedly unconstitutional ‘equity’ training

Missouri | August 20, 2021

Two employees of Missouri’s largest school district are alleging that so-called “equity” trainings violated their constitutional rights by forcing them to endorse certain beliefs about race – adding to the already-mounting legal scrutiny of attempts to push critical race theory (CRT) and its associated ideas.

Filed on Wednesday, the lawsuit centers around the purported experiences of Brooke Henderson, a process coordinator focused on advocating for students with disabilities, and records secretary Jennifer Lumley during training sessions last fall. While Lumley was allegedly berated for disagreeing with the content, Henderson claims she had to affirm statements she disagreed with in order to progress in the mandatory training.

Springfield Public Schools (SPS), according to the lawsuit, also threatened to revoke credit for the training if employees didn’t “participate completely.” In doing so, it purportedly set up an “unconstitutional condition of employment” and chilled district employees’ speech…. (Excerpts from Fox News)

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Missouri | August 3, 2021

Public schools must shape kids who love America and our founding

Missouri | August 3, 2021

Parents know something is wrong. It’s why they are showing up in droves at school-board meetings across the nation. They are sending a message. They don’t want their children taught that the true founding of America came in 1619, or that America is a systemically racist place, or that most Americans are ­oppressors. They don’t want their children taught lies. And they are right.

Sometimes, these lies go by the name “critical race theory,” a pet project of the left that ­began, as many bad ideas do, in the academy and has spread in recent years across corporate America and into school curricula. Sometimes the lies are called “anti-racism.”

Whatever the label, the central principles are the same. These doctrines teach that American society is structurally oppressive, that our culture is shot through with racism and other forms of bigotry, and that most Americans are complicit in racial oppression, knowingly or not.

The radical claims of critical race theory have become an ­article of faith for many on the left, but they bear little resemblance to our actual history.

Let’s be clear. This isn’t a ­nation of oppressors. This is a nation of liberators. This is the country founded on the worth and dignity of every individual. This is the country that gave working people the right to vote. This is the country that freed the slaves. This is the ­nation that has brought more good to the planet than any other people in history.

And it is time we defend that being taught in school. Critical race theory in any guise is a toxin. It poisons the bloodstream of our national life and drives Americans further apart. Sometimes, it seems that this is just what its advocates want: ­division, anger, hatred. But that isn’t what America needs. America needs the truth, ­because it’s the truth about our history and our purpose that unites us as a nation. .. (Excerpts from the New York Post)

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Missouri | June 15, 2021

College Standing Up to the Biden Administration

Missouri | June 15, 2021

When President Joe Biden took office earlier this year, he didn’t waste any time implementing policies that threaten our most basic freedoms.

Case in point: On his very first day in office, President Biden issued an executive order redefining “sex” to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” This has various (and concerning) implications. One of those implications became reality just three weeks later, when the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a rule change. Under the new rules, religious schools are forced to open their sex-specific dormitories, including dorm rooms and showers, to members of the opposite sex.

As you can probably imagine, this didn’t sit well with many faith-based institutions—in particular, College of the Ozarks. So its administration decided to do something about it.

Who: College of the Ozarks

Founded in 1906, College of the Ozarks is a religious school in Missouri that aims to provide a Christian education.

No students pay tuition at College of the Ozarks. Instead, they work on campus to help pay their way through school. The remainder of the costs are covered by donations. Because of this unique arrangement, in 1973 Richard Martin referred to the college as “Hard Work U.” in the Wall Street Journal—a label that College of the Ozarks has embraced.

Ultimately, the college’s vision is to develop citizens of Christ-like character who are well-educated, hardworking, and patriotic.

What: The School of the Ozarks dba College of the Ozarks v. Biden

At College of the Ozarks, the Christian faith is at the center of everything they do. For example, the college holds to a Christian belief that biological sex is not changeable, and it operates its dorms accordingly.

But according to HUD’s rule change, colleges and universities nationwide, including faith-based institutions, would be forced to open girls’ dorms to male students. And not just open up residence halls by floor, but to place males in girls’ dorms as roommates and to allow them to use communal bathrooms and showers.

If they refuse, religious colleges and universities face ruinous financial penalties if they continue to operate consistently with their beliefs.

And that was something that College of the Ozarks couldn’t—and shouldn’t have to—accept…

(Excerpts from Alliance Defending Freedom)

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Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming | May 17, 2021

Enough! State Attorneys General URGE Facebook to Scrap Instagram for Kids

Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming | May 17, 2021

The National Association of Attorneys General had to urge Facebook to drop a potentially “harmful” project targeted at kids. Apparently, Facebook needs to be encouraged to protect children online.

Attorneys general from 44 states and territories sent a letter to Facebook Chief Executive Officer and founder Mark Zuckerberg. The Attorneys General urged Zuckerberg to scrap plans to develop an Instagram platform for children under the age of 13. Facebook is the parent company of Instagram. ..

(Excerpts from MRC News)

 

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Missouri | May 3, 2021

Memo Shows Missouri School Told Teachers To Hide Race-Based Curriculum From Parents

Missouri | May 3, 2021

Rockwood County School District in Missouri has been accused of hiding certain race-based curriculum from parents.

Janet Deidrick, who is the mother of a ninth grader, spoke with Fox & Friends and said “We were very surprised at this.”

According to a memo obtained by The Daily Wire, the Rockwood County school district hid race-based content from their curriculum after backlash from parents who were concerned.

A 6-12 Literacy Speech Coordinator Natalie Fallert wrote to all middle and high school principals that parents complained that the school was “pushing an agenda,” suggesting that certain materials only be visible to students and not to parents on the Canvas remote learning platform…

(Excerpts from Charlie Kirk, Fox News and the Daily Wire)

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