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Parents and advocates are very wary of the Biden administration’s new-fangled parents’ council, asserting that it is pretty much a propaganda outlet for the White House’s woke, socialist agenda.
The new group, touted as a way to facilitate communication between parents and teachers, is called “The National Parents and Families Engagement Council.” The Department of Education claims it is aimed at finding “constructive ways to help families engage at the local level.” It will hold “listening sessions” to determine what schools can do to allegedly help students recover from the pandemic.
“The National Parents and Families Engagement Council will serve as an important link between families, caregivers, education advocates, and their school communities,” Education Secretary Miguel Cardona proclaimed, according to Fox News.
The council is comprised of numerous groups such as United Parent Leaders Action Network; The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates; Fathers Incorporated; Generations United; Girls, Inc.; League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC); Mocha Moms; National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement; National Action Network; National Military Family Association; National Parent Teacher Association; National Parents Union; The National Center for Parent Leadership, Advocacy, and Community Empowerment; and UnidosUS.
The @usedgov has launched the National Parents and Families Engagement Council to facilitate strong and effective relationships between schools and parents, families and caregivers.
— Nevada PEP (@NevadaPEP) June 16, 2022
The parents council is just another fraud, another group to bully parents, while claiming to represent parents. https://t.co/hUNg7cbQM9
— Deb Fillman (@deb_fillman) June 14, 2022
A number of the groups are very leftist and that fact has not gone unnoticed among parents. LULAC, which heavily endorsed Cardona, was strongly opposed to the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
LULAC NATIONAL EDUCATION CHAIR CALLS SELECTION OF DR. MIGUEL CARDONA A NEW OPPORTUNITY
— LULAC (@LULAC) February 4, 2021
Then there is the National Parents Union which defended the notorious National School Board Association (NSBA) letter to the Department of Justice requesting that parents’ actions at school board meetings be addressed under the Patriot Act, labeling them as “domestic terrorists.”
“If you threaten to kill school board members, you SHOULD hear from the Justice [Department],” National Parents Union President Keri Rodrigues tweeted. “Some of these anti-mask/CRT knuckleheads tried this with us a couple weeks ago.”
More lies & distortion from Erika. If you threaten to kill school board members, you SHOULD hear from the Justice Dept. Some of these anti-mask/CRT knuckleheads tried this with us a couple weeks ago when we were testifying about ACTUALLY IMPORTANT SHIT & found out REAL QUICK. https://t.co/1qngRwlcRK
— Keri Rodrigues (@radiokeri) October 8, 2021
The National Parents Union also promotes Critical Race Theory in the classroom. It contends that “denying Critical Race Theory is denying our history.”
“The National Parents Union believes that education systems must be transformed to eradicate generational institutions of oppression,” a statement from the group charged.
Reeks of astroturfing
— Steve Faktor (@ideafaktory) June 14, 2022
Elizabeth McCauley, who is with the Virginia Mavens, told Fox News that the council proves that the Biden administration knows it has been “put on notice by parents across the political spectrum who truly want students educated versus indoctrinated and do not want to have any sexualization of young children and students by radical out of touch school boards.”
“By and large my main frustration with the committee is its lack of representation of the very groups of parents who have felt so disenfranchised by school boards across the country – Asian American parents who have advocated to preserve merit-based admittance to governor schools – in Fairfax County that would be the Thomas Jefferson School, parents like myself who are highly concerned about pornographic novels with pedophilia in the schools, and parents who are working to stop medical discrimination in our schools, so students are not forced to comply with vaccine mandates of inoculations still under emergency use authorization,” she stated.
No doubt designed to foster the teachers unions agenda
— Paris (@paris3219) June 20, 2022
Elicia Brand, who is the co-founder of Army of Parents, claims her group welcomes an opportunity to work with the administration to help students. But she has her reservations that it will ever come to fruition.
“We do not believe that Army of Parents or organizations like ours are on Cardona’s invite list. Parents advocating for their children will not be fooled. The gap will continue to widen,” she asserted.
“Biden’s education council is made up of people and organizations that are in lockstep with the administration’s socialist ideology and agenda for our children,” Brand bluntly remarked. “Without the involvement of organizations that have alternative viewpoints, the Council is simply performative, a media opportunity, designed only to increase approval ratings and to advance an agenda that does not include Parental Rights, core academic excellence, or safety in schools.”
“The Parents Council is a consortium of left-wing special interest groups,” Fox News contributor Karol Markowicz noted. “These astroturfed groups are the exact opposite of parents who got up at school board meetings to fight for their kids’ educations. These groups are the same people standing in the way of parents. Sec. Cardona and the rest of the Biden administration think parents will be tricked by this group. They won’t.”
They’re just trying to undermine the parental rights/school choice movement that has already taken hold in this country as a result of parents getting a glimpse into what actually goes on in these schools.
— Commonsensical Human (@Lol19559014) June 20, 2022
Florida Moms for America Senior Director Quisha King called it the “No Place for Parents Council.”
“Parents have spent years battling the government to take their hands off our children,” King told Fox News in an interview. “Their response, after accusing us of terrorism is to create a council to formally come between parents and children? That’s how I see it. I do not trust that Secretary Cardona has suddenly had a change of heart. Parents don’t need the federal government (sic) or local government showing us how to engage on behalf of our children. If anything, the federal government should be instructing school boards and departments of education to honor the oath they took to listen to their constituents.”
Parents Defending Education President and founder Nicole Neily also slammed the committee.
“This is too little too late from this Administration, which has made abundantly clear through its actions that it views actual parental input as an inconvenience; let’s remember, this is the same set of bureaucrats that coordinated for weeks with the National School Board Association on its since-retracted letter which cited the Patriot Act,” Neily angrily commented in a statement.
And just like that… they care about parents again!!! 😂😂😂
— Beth 🇺🇸 🌾 (@heritage_grl) June 20, 2022
— Parents Defending Education (@DefendingEd) June 16, 2022
“The organizations hand-picked to participate do not speak for the views of most American parents; if they did, we would not have seen such a groundswell of activism over the past few years. Families came to the sobering realization that groups like the National PTA were as ideologically compromised as the elected officials that abandoned our children. I would have hoped the Biden Administration would realize the importance of bringing many perspectives to the table – but I am not surprised that other voices are not welcome,” she added.
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