This past week, a survey from “Piedmonters for a Fair Education” made its way onto a popular Facebook group for local families. The anonymous survey linked to a proton mail account (an email service that offers end-to-end encryption favored by anyone interested in concealing their identities) purported to represent a “rapidly growing coalition of Piedmont parents, PUSD faculty and community members” who were unhappy with the school district over its diversity, equity and inclusion efforts and asked residents to fill out an “incident” report.
The anonymous nature of the survey makes it hard to determine its true origins, but anecdotal reports from local parents indicate that the survey is similar to ones being circulated among parent communities around the country. In October, NPR reported on the various groups protesting school board policies over a variety of issues. Parents Defending Education is one that specifically calls on its followers to target school boards over diversity initiatives.
From the story:
“The toolkit further says activists don’t need any evidence that “critical race theory” is currently being taught in their local schools in order to mount a campaign against it: “It’s important to note that whether CRT is currently in your school system is mostly irrelevant to the purpose of this document.”
* Parents Defending Education, founded earlier this year, provides resources to activists, pursues litigation, and publishes “incident reports” on districts around the country. President Nicole Neily previously worked at the libertarian Cato Institute and the Independent Women’s Forum, another conservative group that has produced a template letter for activists challenging school mask mandates.”NPR: A look at the groups supporting school board protesters nationwide
An Instagram account tied to the group had only four followers. The account did follow two groups that have targeted the equity efforts by school boards around the country, including Parents Defending Education.