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Current Edition: January 2022

Will 2022 Extend the 'Year of the Parent'?

Conservative media outlets have characterized 2021 as "the year of the parent," which begs the question of whether 2022 will continue in the same vein. Early indications are that concerned parents are not going anywhere and are more likely to increase in number and gather momentum.

In Loudoun County, Virginia, the veritable ground zero for parental outrage and pushback, concerned parents kicked off 2022 by filing a lawsuit against their school board "for violating open meeting laws." The Founding Freedoms Law Center (FFLC), the legal arm of The Family Foundation, is representing these parents, charging the Loudoun County Superintendent and School Board with violating their rights by keeping them "from fully participating in publicly held meetings."


The Amazing Power of One

While many parents and concerned citizens have recently become active by founding or joining parents' rights organizations, others have demonstrated that the power of one also plays a critical role in today's war for our children.

Deborah Simmons of Round Rock, Texas, became such an activist nine years ago when she discovered the attempted insidious invasion of her school district by a Planned Parenthood-backed comprehensive sex education (CSE) program. "For nine years, I've concentrated on fighting CSE, but in my research I've also found that backers of CRT and SEL — the less-well-known socio-emotional learning — use the very same strategies to implement these programs. They are all coming from the same places."


Hidden Treasure:
iVoter Guide Takes Guesswork out of Voting

Often, citizens go to the polls knowing the candidates at the top of the ticket, but little if anything about those running farther down the ballot. Yet down-ballot races are equally if not more important if we are to save our democratic republic.

While it may be more difficult to obtain information about local candidates and races, the organization iVoterGuide is working hard to make sure citizens are informed when they go to the polls. A visit to iVoter yields critical information needed to educate voters, including candidate evaluations, campaign finance data, sample ballots, and much more. The main page of the organization's website announces its identity: "Grounded in God. Rooted in research."


Taking Steps to Restore Liberty

After serving honorably in the armed forces for decades to uphold the U.S. Constitution, including four tours of duty in Afghanistan, retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Darin Gaub realized he could not sit idly by and watch his country's constitutional freedoms disappear. So he pulled together a team of experts in several critical areas, including data analysis, political strategy, public relations, and administration, and founded an organization called Restore Liberty.

Based in Helena, Montana, Gaub's organization has several goals, the first of which is designed to encourage American citizens to affirm their support of the principles on which our country was founded. Gaub's team created a Declaration of Constitutional Consent, which is simply a written affirmation of our founding documents, including the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.


Book Reviews

The Tuttle Twins Series

Connor Boyack., Libertas Press, 2021


  • Fox News reported on January 12 that the National Education Associate (NEA) wrote a letter to social media companies urging them to "stifle propaganda" about CRT being stoked by "violent, radicalized parents." The NEA missive followed closely on the heels last fall of the infamous National Association of School Boards' (NSBA) letter to President Biden asking the White House to intervene against parents who complain at school board meetings.

  • Universities and colleges have been waging a war on words for years, and the University of California-Irvine's (UCI) Inclusive Language Guide is the latest effort to come under fire. UCI issued the guide last year "to help its Office of Information Technology staff remain committed to 'equity, diversity, and inclusion.'"

  • A North Carolina bill to remove critical race theory (CRT) from public schools is considered the model for legislative proposals that ban CRT while avoiding censorship. According to a December report released by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), state lawmakers "have either sought to ban compulsion, inclusion, or promotion [of CRT]."

  • As CRT is rooted out of public schools in some states and continues to be under fire nationally, will the void it leaves further fuel the push for classical education? Many parents and conservative education experts hope the answer is yes.
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Be Our Guest:
Contributing Author Essays

Though he never claimed to be a populist, Glenn Youngkin rode the wave of public anger against hostile school boards that are pushing radical race and gender ideologies.

Yet Youngkin's selection of advisers and personnel has sent up warning signs of danger ahead for Virginians.

Shortly after his victory over Democrat Terry McAuliffe, Youngkin chose Heritage Foundation president Kay Coles James as the co-chairman of his gubernatorial transition team.

by Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.



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