School board, parents
Jennifer Pippin, president of the Moms for Liberty chapter of Indian River County, attends Jacqueline Rosario’s campaign event in Vero Beach, Florida on October 16, 2022. (Photo by Giorgio VIERA / AFP) (Photo by GIORGIO VIERA/AFP via Getty Images) |

School board races across the United States this week were a bit mixed for candidates opposed to what they say is the implementation of progressive ideologies in public schools, although a political action committee claims he helped cede more than 100 school board seats to the Conservatives in the last year.

With the heightened focus on education in recent years and protests by parents over what is being taught in their children’s public schools, national attention has been greater than usual on local school board elections. halfway through 2022.

National interest groups launched in recent years have backed hundreds of conservative school board candidates who are working to fend off attempts to implement what they say is critical race theory, “woke” ideologies or sexually explicit material in classrooms and school libraries.

The CAP project of 1776 announcement Wednesday that “from November 2021 to November 2022, Project 1776 PAC toppled 100 school board seats across the country.” The Political Action Committee is dedicated to “electing school board members nationwide who wish to reform our public education system by promoting patriotism and pride in American history.”

In an interview with The Christian Post, 1776 Project PAC founder Ryan Girdusky estimated that about 20 of his organization’s 50-backed candidates won Tuesday’s election.

The group highlighted some of its victories on Tuesday night, reporting that its two approved candidates won school board races in Pinellas County, Floridaand one seat each in Flagler County Florida, Indian River County and Volusia County.

1776 PAC project also reported that its four candidates won seats on the school board in Brandywine, Michigan, noting, “We just took the Brandywine school board from liberal to conservative.”

A similar scenario exhausted in Carroll County, Maryland, where all three endorsed candidates won, once again reversing the school board’s makeup from majority Liberal to majority Conservative.

1776 CAP Project approved candidates won school board seats in Bedford, Va., and Alliance, Ohio. Only one of his five candidates approved for the Bentonville School Board, Arkansas won its race.

Comparing the results of school board races in the United States with the list of approved candidates from the 1776 Draft PAC reveals a mixed success rate for the group in terms of electing its approved candidates on Tuesday evening.

While the aforementioned candidates emerged victorious in their races, the candidates endorsed by the 1776 Draft PAC for the school board seats in Hernando County, Florida; Lee County, Florida; Polk County, Florida; Niles, Mich.; St. Joseph, Michigan and Round Rock, Texas failed.

Unofficial results from the Maryland State Board of Elections show two of the three PACs from the 1776 Project approved candidates occupying two of the top four spots in the school board election in Frederick County, Maryland, about an hour’s drive from Washington, D.C. The four candidates who receive the highest percentages win school board seats.

Efforts by the 1776 Project PAC to elect school board candidates opposed to progressive ideology date back to 2021.

That year, the 1776 PAC project saw four of its six endorsed nominees win school board races in New Jersey, two of its three sponsors win school board elections in Ohio and Minnesota, and three of his four favorite candidates in Virginia win their elections. Additionally, the group had a 70% pass rate with their school board candidates in Kansas and a 100% pass rate in Colorado.

Eleven of the 17 candidates supported by Project PAC 1776 in school board races in Pennsylvania last year also emerged victorious. At school board races in Texas earlier this year, group sponsors had a 100% success rate.

In addition to school board races, the 1776 PAC project also supported the ultimately successful Republican candidate Ryan Walters in his bid to become state superintendent of Oklahoma’s public education. Girdusky also reported success in state board of education elections in Kansas and Texas.

Moms for Liberty, which defines its mission as “fighting for America’s survival by uniting, educating and empowering parents to defend their parental rights at all levels of government,” is another group that has backed commission candidates. schools in elections across the United States.

Many of their endorsed candidates overlapped with the list of endorsed candidates from the 1776 Draft PAC, although Moms for Liberty endorsed more than 270 candidates in total.

Daniel Buck, editor of the educational publication The Chalkboard Review, reported that, based on early reports, the band won “more than 50% of their school board races.” He noted that candidates backed by teachers’ unions “tend to win 70% of their races”.

In updates posted to social media following Tuesday’s election, Moms for Liberty reported that the Brick School Board of Education and the Point Pleasant Beach Board of Education in Ocean County, New Jersey“now have school board members who value parental rights.”

Additionally, Moms for Liberty reported that its three approved contestants won school board races in Ocean City, New Jersey; five of its eight approved candidates have won school board seats in Charleston County, South Carolina; six of its backed candidates emerged victorious in school board elections in Berkeley County, South Carolina; and four seats on the school board of New Hanover County, North Carolinawent to candidates supported by the group.

Moms for Liberty touted additional wins in Rock Hill School District and Fort Mill School District in York County, South Carolina; Tipton, Indiana; and Iredell, North Carolina. Two of the three candidates backed by the group to serve on the school board in Shelby County, Tennessee, won their races, as did the candidates chosen by the organization in Pulaski County, Arkansas; Brevard County, Florida; Collier County, Florida; Lee County, Florida; Manatee County, Florida; Pasco County, Florida; and Volusia County, Florida.

According to unofficial results, the Moms for Liberty-backed candidate also emerged victorious in a school board race in Laramie County, Wyoming, as did two out of three candidates he backed in Natrona County, Wyoming. . In Harford County, Maryland, unofficial results show three of four Moms for Liberty-endorsed contestants won their races.

In Baltimore County, Maryland, one of the group’s three preferred candidates appears to have prevailed, while one of its four approved candidates appears to have won in Talbot County, Maryland.

On the other hand, applicants approved by Moms for Liberty seem to have failed in Hernando County, Florida; St. Johns County, Florida; Nueces County, Texas; Travis County, Texas; and Williamson County, Texas.

While many parts of the country continue to count their votes, particularly the heavily populated state of California, the group’s overall success rate remains uncertain.

Parents’ rights groups have also emerged at the state level.

One such group, the Minnesota Parents’ Alliance, reported on Twitter Wednesday that “Minnesota has 50 new MPA-approved school board members and many more who are aligned with our mission!”

A look at the Minnesota Parents’ Alliance’s full list of endorsed candidates shows that the 50 winners declared so far represent less than half of the 119 candidates the group has endorsed for the 2020 election. endorsed by Moms for Liberty and the Parents’ Alliance of Minnesota won.

Polls coming out of Tuesday’s election suggest slightly higher shares of parents backed Republican candidates in the 2022 election compared to the 2020 election.

“I think that’s accurate,” Girdusky said of the exit poll. “For people concerned about the general trajectory of their local education, that meant a lot.”

“People sit there and they change their whole lives for their children. They move to different school districts, they invest their life savings. It’s not a small thing for them,” he added. “It’s their whole life, so they’re nervous about the general trajectory, and it’s not just the wake-up thing.”

Girdusky said many parents wonder, “Are my kids actually going to learn anything?” and “will this investment help them in their future?” A lot of parents, he says, say, “I don’t know.” “

“For a lot of Democrats, they insisted that all of these concerns were wrong,” Girdusky said. “They weren’t willing to give credence to people’s general concerns, and I think that’s where the backlash is coming from.”

Girdusky said politicians can capitalize on education in future elections, saying they need to “speak to the concerns of parents.”

“I think we’re generally seeing a trajectory and a movement among voters that see Republicans as the party of public education, which is a much more recent development,” Girdusky said.

Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be contacted at: [email protected]

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