Submitted by John Arbeeny.
I became suspicious of the CPSD Critical Race Theory “stakeholders” the moment that I saw the percentages that made up this group of 83 alleged community representatives as stated in various Youtube videos and District documents.
- CPSD staff: 24% (20)
- Teachers: 19% (16)
- Community members: 31% (26)
- Students/Alumni: 15% (12…..4 current and 8 alumni)
- Parents/family: 8% (7)
The obvious begs the question: “Why are 43% of the stakeholders CPSD employees and what exactly is their stake in CRT?” The answer is obvious: their stake in CRT is about keeping their jobs! None of them are going to say “peep” about any disagreement with the District’s CRT program. So we have nearly half the stakeholders “front loaded” in support of CRT even though the impact will be felt most heavily on parents (7) and current students (4): a total of 11 real stakeholders out of 83 appointed.
Additionally the feedback from stakeholder surveys conducted after two sessions was 100% positive on survey questions; not a single disagreement among 83 people on something so controversial as CRT. Now you can’t get unanimity among 83 people on whether the sun will come up tomorrow so this was yet another “red flag” about the legitimacy of the stakeholders and anything that comes out of the CPSD “Equity Journey”.
Thus I filed a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA) for the selection criteria, names, positions, organization association, and race of all the stakeholders from CPSD. What I got was a single list of names and reams of emails minus their most important attachments. So I started through the name list and did my own detective work to make some sense of it: I started Google-ing names. Ahhh! Isn’t the Internet wonderful!
Then lo and behold: the truth began to emerge. Preliminary search of about 20 “community members” revealed that many of them were either directly or indirectly involved in CRT as academics, related service business owners, CRT employees elsewhere, board/committee members or in political positions where they have openly supported CRT. It is a veritable “who’s who” of local CRT supporters coupled with the captive CPSD employees which together make up 75% of the alleged “stakeholders”!
Make no mistake about it these stakeholders do not represent the parents and students of Clover Park School District. They represent the “intellectual elite” promised by WEB Du Bois a century ago and the many academic proponents of CRT since the 1970’s to lead the “people of color” into the future whether we like it or not; whether we vote for it or not; and ultimately whether our children graduate any better prepared for adult life or not. Front loading the entire CRT program in order to get the desired result is fraudulent, intellectually dishonest and deceptive. This deliberately deceptive bias totally delegitimizes any conclusions the CPSD CRT program has developed to date.
Yet, President Marty Schafer, endorsed by the CPSD teachers union has been oblivious to what is happening before his very eyes; a perfect choice to represent the union on the Board; not the people of Lakewood. His campaign signs claim “Leadership that listens”. The question is “Whom exactly is he listening to?” The Superintendent? Administration? The teachers union? Yes but sadly the students and parents of this community not so much. Did you know that on 9/12/16 Board President Schafer’s other Board members (over objections by Board member Paul Wagemann) voted to approve a “tentative” union contract which included a 10.2% pay raise without ever having actually seen or read the 76 page agreement? Ironically The News Tribune got a copy of the proposal before the Board! I guess you have to pass it first to find out what’s in it. Now is that “trust” in, or maybe just rolling over for, the union. It must be nice to have a union “representative” on the school Board!
Oh by the way: another member of that stakeholder group? Darwin Peters! This is the very individual with a photo of a BLM Molotov cocktail being thrown on his Facebook page which he took down advisedly while simultaneously quoting Scripture. A veritable “CRT wolf in sheep’s clothing”? He too has been endorsed by the District’s teachers union! That should give you some idea of the union’s priorities: Board members in lock step with the union and its emphasis locally, statewide (WEA) and nationally (NEA) in support of CRT! In my view, the teachers’ union endorsement should signify candidates NOT to vote for.
Want to see CPSD further radicalized? Accept the front loaded process of biased stakeholders, a union lackey and a bomb throwing candidate: both frauds within the fraud that is the CRT based “Equity Journey”. Want to make academic excellence CPSD’s priority? Scrap the deceptive CRT program and vote in new leadership that understands the District’s prime directive is to educate not indoctrinate. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the results to change. Let’s make that change on 3 August 2021. The choice is up to you. Choose wisely.
The views expressed in this article are the writer’s own.