UPDATE 8/3/20 10:38 AM: Texas Scorecard has learned the meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. today. Parents who wish to speak must sign up before the meeting by emailing [email protected] a copy of this completed form.
On August 3, a North Texas school board will vote on whether to adopt an action plan that would spend $425,000 of taxpayer money on tasks such as forming a District Diversity Council, creating a snitch line for students to accuse each other, and establishing an LGBTQ+ student focus group. All of this is being done to address “microaggressions,” but parents have time to voice their opposition to the elected members of the school board.
Recently, Texas Scorecard received a draft of Carroll ISD’s “Cultural Competence Action Plan.”
The draft says this plan came about in response to a social media video in 2018, in which Carroll ISD students used racial slurs.
Instead of letting parents take appropriate action with the students involved, the school board proposed this plan for every student to combat what they call “microaggressions.”
The document defines microaggressions as “everyday verbal or nonverbal, snubs or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized or underrepresented group membership.”
“Microaggression” has become a new buzzword of the left to expand victimhood on more people, making them vulnerable to destructive policies that expand the left’s power while making the problem worse.
Some of the proposals put forth in the draft document are:
- Form a District Diversity Council.
- Conduct face-to-face meetings to discuss cultural awareness with student leaders.
- “Conduct audit of each student organization, club and program to ensure Culturally Competent Practices that encourage and welcome participation of all student groups.”
- “Visit with students face-to-face at CISD campuses during the school day to talk about diversity, inclusion and their experiences with micro-aggressions and discriminatory behaviors by others.”
- “Create a systemic process for consistently tracking and reporting microaggressions and incidents of discrimination.”
- Establish an LGBTQ+ student focus group (grades 9-12), an equity and inclusion grievance process system, and expand the school’s tip line to collect allegations of microaggressions.
Much of this plan, particularly tracking and reporting those the school deems inequitable, would turn students against each other, not unite them. Nowhere in the plan does it mention that all students are innocent until proven guilty, nor does it list an appeals process by which wrongly accused students could defend their innocence.
This means Carroll ISD would create a system that would be ripe for abuse by students who want to bully others. It would become too easy for bullies to manipulate this system and turn the school into their own enforcer—simply by accusing a classmate of a “microaggression.”
Also troubling is the introduction of “LGBTQ student focus groups (grades 9-12) to provide dialogue and discussion on topics important to their group.” LGBTQ+ has become a Trojan horse of the left to introduce radical politics through sexual identity, and many parents are opposed to schools involving themselves in their children’s sexuality.
The school curriculum is also to be refocused on “diversity,” which is another favorite buzzword of the left to introduce radical political agendas of discrimination against liberty and Christianity. In this case, these radical politics would be imposed on school children.
All of this will cost the taxpayers $425,000 to start, with a yearly cost of a quarter of a million dollars from 2021-2025.
From 2013-2019, the Carroll ISD school board already increased the average homeowner’s property tax bill by over 34 percent.
Additionally, in 2019, Carroll ISD Superintendent David Faltys was listed as the highest-paid school superintendent in Texas—taxpayers paid him $452,014.
The Carroll ISD board is scheduled to vote on this draft at their August 3 board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Lately, they have held their meetings virtually. Parents who wish to speak must sign up before the meeting by emailing [email protected].
A full copy of the draft can be found here. Concerned parents are encouraged to contact their Carroll ISD board members:
Michelle Moore: [email protected]
Todd Carlton: [email protected]
David Almand: [email protected]
Danny Gilpin: [email protected]
Eric Lannen: [email protected]
Sheri Mills: [email protected]
Matt Bryant: [email protected]
This article has been updated since publication.