School Boards Are Asking For Federal Help As They Face Threats And Violence

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A Clark County School District school bus drives through a Summerlin, Nev., neighborhood last month. The National School Boards Association included an incident from Clark County in its letter to President Biden.

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Professors Are Targets In Online Culture Wars; Some Fight Back

Increasingly, these protests are being coordinated by national groups such as Let Them Breathe. Turning Point USA, a group closely aligned with former President Trump, maintains a web site called School Board Watchlist, which includes the names and photographs of members of school boards around the country who have adopted mask mandates or anti-racist curricula. The group maintains a similar web site targeting professors for liberal views that has been linked to several incidents of harassment.

Most of the school board protests have been over mask mandates. There have also been disruptions over vaccines, policies toward LGBTQ students, and the way race and history are taught in schools, which right-wing activists have misleadingly labeled «critical race theory.» Critical race theory, as this letter points out, is an advanced topic taught in law schools and undergraduate sociology courses.

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