The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest teachers union, is suing a mom named Nichole Solas after she filed public record requests of what her Rhode Island school district teaches on Critical Race Theory (CRT).
"Throwing down the gauntlet, are we? Game on," Solas said.
"Will teacher unions bullying moms be an everyday thing now?"
It all started in April when Solas requested a copy of the curriculum and other school district information via email to the elementary principal. The principal told her to file official records requests "due to the breadth of her questions."
Since then, Solas has filed more than 200 public records requests with the South Kingstown School District.
In June, the South Kingstown school board originally threatened to sue Solas, but voted not to sue her. The local NEA branch, however, DID choose to sue her.
The union asked the court "prohibit the disclosure of non-public records" and to use a "balancing test" to determine whether or not teachers' "personally identifiable and other personnel-related information" must be released.
"Given the circumstances of the requests, it is likely that any teachers who are identifiable and have engaged in discussions about things like critical race theory will then be the subject of teacher harassment by national conservative groups opposed to critical race theory," the complaint from the teachers union reads.
Those big, bad, mean conservatives might hold these teachers accountable for what they teach! 😢
Hmm, do you think maybe the teachers have something to hide?!
The teachers are literally the enemy of the parents and students here.
This mom is simply requesting information on what they teach, and she's met with TWO lawsuits.
"I hope the teachers see this lawsuit as the last straw of their union's decades-long denigration of their profession," Solas said. "I hope teachers leave the union because they refuse to fund litigation that harasses and bullies mothers who exercise their civil right to access public information about their children's education."
Although Solas has now enrolled her daughter in a private school, she said this legal battle is bigger than her.
"They made the wrong mom mad," she said. "This is about parents having a right to know what their child's education is. This is about not being bullied by a teacher union who wants to challenge a stay-at-home mom for asking questions about education. And this is about open government."
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