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Teachers’ Union Sues School Board, Mother to Block Release of Critical Race, Gender Theory Records


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The Rhode Island chapter of the National Education Association has filed a lawsuit against the South Kingstown School Committee and a parent in order to block the release of records concerning Critical Race Theory (CRT) and gender teaching in the school district, Legal Insurrection reported Wednesday.

The teachers’ union now claims, in the complaint filed in Superior Court, that the teaching records are “private” and their release as “public interest” records must be “balanced” against the rights of teachers.

The complaint states the union seeks to:

(a) prohibit the disclosure of non-public records and/or

(b) for those requests that call for personally identifiable and other personnel-related information about public school teachers, that no records be disclosed until the Court employs a balancing test that properly assesses the public interest in the records at issue measured against the teachers’ individual privacy rights.

South Kingstown mother Nicole Solas, whose child is enrolled in kindergarten, garnered national attention when Legal Insurrection first published her story in June about her attempts to obtain school records regarding the teaching of Critical Race and Gender theories in the school district.

Solas wrote in June:

I became concerned that Critical Race Theory (CRT) and gender theory were integrated into lessons when an elementary school principal told me that teachers don’t refer to students as “boys” and “girls.” Additionally, I was told a kindergarten teacher asks five-year-olds, “what could have been done differently on the first Thanksgiving” in order to build upon a “line of thinking about history.” I asked why kids could not be called “boys” and “girls” and was told it was “common practice.” I asked for clarification on the “line of thinking” about history but got no answers. The more questions I asked, the less answers I received.

Solas said when she asked for a tour of the elementary school, the Superintendent agreed, but never provided her with a date and time despite follow-up emails and phone calls. After a month went by, the Superintendent, she said, told her they were no longer offering tours due to COVID restrictions.

“Yet the Superintendent offered tours of other schools to campaign for a school bond,” she noted.

When Solas asked numerous officials to view the elementary school curriculum, the Director of Curriculum said she was unavailable, despite Solas stating her schedule was open at any day and time.


Don't question the curriculum...

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