How many school board meetings have you attended? One? Two? Probably none? You say, “That’s why we elect school board officials to take care of the business of our kids’ education. I let them to their work and trust them to do a good job.”
Possibly that’s what the parents in Fairfax thought, too, or something similar. Hadn’t the school board conducted its business year after year, talked about the curriculum, where they needed to build the next middle or elementary school, teachers’ salaries and bussing students? Those sorts of topics?
So, conservative parents were caught completely off guard when the school board agenda suddenly listed a vote on Family Life education content without much prior notice. Oh, the Board had hired some qualified consultants to meet with them to discuss the curriculum content from K-12, but no parents had been included in the decision. And, it seems no conservative parents attended Board meetings voluntarily to know what was coming up. By law parental representatives should have been part of the discussion, but you know that there are ways to bend or circumvent the rules—and that’s just what they did in Fairfax.
A few teens were added to the ‘committee’ and they were ardent fans of the proposed changes. As AC Slater (Mario Lopez) said in a recent interview on the Candace Owens Show, “There is a component of being young that sort of attaches you to liberalism because you’re still experimenting and you want to feel that you can try everything…as I became more conservative and, sort of had this return back to faith and a return back to family and really valuing those things, I became a happier person.” So, young people who don’t know all there is to know about the effects of liberal sexual education on developing minds were in favor of the curriculum changes. It all sounded good to them. The curriculum was voted ‘in’ with one dissenting vote by Elizabeth Schultz. Of course, the majority overruled her and the course of educational history in Fairfax was altered to the dismay of parents who really care about what their kids learn and from whom.
Prince William County schools aren’t in the same predicament. But the same sort of scenario can happen here if parents don’t take advantage of their privileges as concerned citizens and parents. So, here are some things you can do to prevent history from repeating itself in PWC:
- Attend school board meetings regularly. As a committee of one, you say you can’t spread yourself that thin. Organize other parents who will take turns with you so you’re not caught off guard about proposed changes in the schools and can attack the negatives at the grass roots level. PWCS Board Meetings are held on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7 PM at the Kelly Leadership Center, 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas, VA 20112. There are exceptions to this schedule that are posted on the web site: pwcs.edu.
- Attend the meetings via live PWCS-TV (Comcast channel 18 and Verizon FIOS channel 36). Meetings also are archived on YouTube and the PWCS-TV Video on demand website.
- School Board meeting agendas are available online to the public at PWCS.edu as soon as Board members receive their copies.
- Citizens are free to attend any and all open sessions of the Board. If you wish to address the Board under Citizens’ Time, you should notify the Board Clerk either in writing at P.O. Box 389, Manassas, VA 20108, by phone at 703-791-8709, or by email prior to noon on the day of the Board meeting. You may also sign onto the list of speakers at the door of the Board meeting room prior to 6:55 PM on the evening of the meeting. Provide your name, address, phone number and topic about which you want to speak. You are limited to three minutes. For other details go to: PWCS.edu website.
- Know what the incumbents on the school board believe and listen to their positions. Are they conservative or liberal in their views? Are they likely to support Family Life education topics that are too specific and unnecessary for your kids to know and learn from someone other than yourself? Voice your opinions to them. Your opinion does matter!
- Acquaint yourself with the stand candidates for the school board have on issues related to the home, family and sex education. If candidates’ public interviews fail to address those specifics, contact them individually and ask them pointed questions until they give you specific answers. Don’t let them waffle.
- Vote in November for candidates that will protect family values. Urge your family and friends to do the same thing.
Don’t count on things going as usual. That era has passed. We are fighting for the survival of our society and our culture! Join the battle and recruit your family and friends to do the same thing. We’re one election away from possibly seeing irreversible changes that we’ll regret when it’s too late. Participate and prevent!
— Posted by Tom Salmon for Doris, a fellow member of the Prince William and Manassas Family Alliance
Here is some additional information:
- WHO IS RUNNING FOR THE PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD? — PART 2A: This post contains a list of the candidates running for the School Board and links to their sites on the web.
- Prince William County School Board: This is a link to the School Board’s official website. If you want to know what the School Board is up to, this is a good place to start.