Jen Bisson of Sandown is concerned in public education advocacy and shaped Support Our Schools New Hampshire (SOS NH). For extra data, go to fb.com/SOSchoolsNH. She lives along with her husband and their two younger daughters.
I used to be born and raised in New Hampshire by mother and father who had been born and raised in New Hampshire. I attended my native public faculties as did my mother and father earlier than me. Today, I’m elevating two daughters in the identical state I’ve known as house for over 40 years, however in contrast to my mother and father earlier than me and their mother and father earlier than them, I’m scared about the future of my children’s public education.
Concerns about the well being of New Hampshire’s public education began to develop when the noise grew to become too arduous to keep away from. I used to be baffled by the sudden CRT hysteria that appeared to return out of nowhere. CRT has by no means been taught in our public faculties. Why attempt to create mass panic over a non-issue? As college board conferences started to get an increasing number of out of management, so too did the anti-public college propaganda.
As I began to pay nearer consideration, I discovered that the noise and negativity are one small half of a nationwide effort to defund, dismantle and privatize public education. Although that is occurring throughout the nation, New Hampshire is being hit exceptionally arduous. Unfortunately, New Hampshire’s public faculties are underneath assault from the inside with the assist of Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut.
Why does Frank Edelblut pose such a risk to our public faculties? It isn’t essentially as a result of he lacks expertise in public education as a trainer, college board member or public college mother or father (his seven youngsters had been all homeschooled). Edelblut is an actual risk to our public education as a result of he’s a political appointee who locations political ideology above our public college college students.
Edelblut takes each alternative to instill a local weather of concern for our children’s lecturers. Most just lately, he wrote an op-ed the place he claimed that our youngsters are being harmed by “activist” lecturers. In actuality, Frank Edelblut is harming our children’s education by performing as an activist commissioner.
Edelblut additionally took it upon himself to ascertain an internet site to report lecturers suspected of violating the deliberately broad “divisive concepts” legislation. Not solely has he failed to talk out towards a neighborhood fringe group that has provided a $500 bounty for the first individual to file a “successful” criticism towards a trainer, however he additionally appeared very happy to pose for photos with this identical fringe group at the current New Hampshire Liberty Forum held in March.
During this legislative session, Edelblut launched HB 1671, a invoice that will have redefined what domains must be required and taught in faculties. Edelblut’s proposal would have eliminated artwork, music, well being, world languages, bodily education, engineering, laptop science, and digital literacy from the core educational domains that public faculties are presently required to show. If HB 1671 had been profitable, the invoice would have modified the face of education in New Hampshire as we all know it.
Frank Edelblut doesn’t symbolize New Hampshire values, nor does he symbolize the majority of mother and father and households in our state. Frank Edelblut is an actual risk to the education and well-being of my youngsters, and to the state my household has known as house for 5 generations.
I ask that Governor Sununu please demand Frank Edelblut’s resignation and appoint a brand new commissioner of education with expertise and dedication in the direction of strengthening our public faculties all through the state. Appoint a commissioner of education who will be sure that the 90% of mother and father who make the most of public faculties can relaxation simple at evening figuring out their children’s faculties might be protected from assaults to defund and dismantle them.
We are relying on you to do what is true.