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The battle over school boards is a disaster for Democrats


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The Hill

Peter King


The recent announcement by the Justice Department that the FBI would be looking for coordinated patterns of violence at local school board meetings is a broad overreach and an abuse of power that goes beyond the FBI’s jurisdiction. 


The change toward activism began during the COVID-19 outbreak when schools were closed and kids had to learn remotely from home. Parents got a closer look at school curricula and began to ask what their kids were being taught on issues such as critical race theory and white privilege, gender equity and the use of pronouns, and America’s place in the world. There were also the COVID-related issues of mandated mask-wearing and delayed school reopenings. 

It was mothers who spearheaded the move toward greater involvement. Women I knew told me of “moms” groups on social media that were becoming increasingly more vocal and growing exponentially in numbers.  


A sleeping giant has been awakened. Parents and taxpayers are taking traditional school board issues and controversies into the political arena. As parents continue to mobilize, they can be expected to bring other child-related issues — such as school violence, open borders, and the inability to buy Christmas toys — into next year’s midterm congressional campaigns. This cannot be good news for Democrats, who will have to play defense on all these issues while being compelled to explain why the Biden administration has sicced the FBI on parents who publicly protest school policies. 

Intended or not, this grassroots school board movement is a real-world response to the expanded influence of progressives and socialists on government and education. The awakened giant is fighting back!

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