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Schmitt Sues Missouri School Districts Over Student Surveys, ‘Objectionable Curriculum’

MISSOURI — Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has subpoenaed several school districts across Missouri, demanding information about the school districts’ decision to conduct student surveys, possibly without parental consent.

The seven schools subpoenaed for their use of student surveys were:

  • Mehlville School District
  • Webster Groves School District
  • Jefferson City School District
  • Lee’s Summit R-7 School District
  • Park Hill School District
  • Springfield School District
  • Neosho School District

The polls, according to Schmitt’s Office, included questions asking students about “the political beliefs of their parents and their parents’ income level” and included racial questions, among other issues. The Attorney General’s Office even started a transparency portal on the MO AG website which indexes Sunshine Law requests sent to school districts on behalf of parents.

The subpoenas themselves investigate whether the districts’ actions violate them Missouri State Law 161.096, or the Family Education Right and Privacy Act, or the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment relating to documents and surveys distributed by districts; and if the parents have consented to their distribution.

Schmitt said in a press release that the reason for the subpoenas is to “increase transparency in our schools” by encouraging parents to search the transparency portal and view documents provided by school districts, as well as “objective curriculum and policies and to submit practices…”

Through submissions to their transparency portal and open record requests, the AG’s office included what they call “obnoxious teacher training and assignments” in their press release (see below). These include a teacher training course on “Testimony to Whiteness,” a reading assignment that asks students to analyze a novel from a “feminist” or “Marxist” perspective, and a slide from a school board seminar entitled “The Cycle of oppression/socialization”.

The attorney general’s office also sent a civil investigation request to Educational Equity Consultants, a “diversity, equity and inclusion” consultant who frequently works with a number of Missouri schools.

https://fox2now.com/news/missouri/schmitt-subpoenas-missouri-school-districts-for-student-surveys-objectionable-curriculum/ Schmitt Sues Missouri School Districts Over Student Surveys, ‘Objectionable Curriculum’

Nate Jones

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