‘The talk of the town’: Colorado parents clamor to new school created to be politics-free

(Video: Fox News)

A new school has opened in Colorado that has brought in a flood of parents seeking to avoid politicized education.

The Merit Academy of Woodland Park, Colorado, which is officially a public school and supported by the state of Colorado, was created in response to parents wanting a more traditional, less “woke” education. John Dill, a founding board member, went on “Fox & Friends” on Thursday to promote the school and talk about its successes, which Dill said were made possible with help from Fox News viewers.

“One of the biggest obstacles to opening a school is the startup costs. It’s over a million dollars and everything from curriculum to technology, and it’s a project we’re still working on, but we thank you for the previous support,” said Dill to Fox host Pete Hegseth.

“We’re actually looking forward to partnering with the school district now and working with the brand-new school board and superintendent to continue the community partnership to even grow the school more,” Dill continued.

“We surveyed the parents to see what sort of things they wanted to have in their school. If you keep the focus on what’s best for the kids, your decisions become fairly clear on what to do,” Dill had said to Fox back in 2021.

Becky Edgin, a teacher (and herself a parent), expressed her approval of the school to Fox News as well.

“Core curriculum is where it’s at. It is freeing, honestly, to just be able to talk about history and science and the reality of things rather than bringing in my opinions. My opinion is not important. It’s what the children take from the information that I give them,” she said.

Calling Merit Academy the “talk of the town,” Bini Viele, another parent, also gave a glowing review.

“The thing that attracted us to Merit was the emphasis that they are going to teach core subjects and focus our kids into core subjects. So that is why we gravitated towards Merit,” Viele said.

While Merit was originally intended to be a charter school, the application for charter school status was rejected. Undeterred, Merit went through Boards of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES), an aspect of a Colorado law that allows the public to secure public school funding for schools created apart from a city’s budget in order to contract out school services. This endeavor met with success due to widespread public support, especially from parents in the area.

The lynchpin of the policies supported by parents is the one that “certain controversial subjects are best taught at home by the parents,” in contrast with the more activist approach that has embroiled other schools in other districts, such as the now-infamous school board of Loudoun County, Virginia.


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