I went to the Box Elder County Board of Education meeting to express my opposition to Common Core. People can go to a website, (http://utahnsagainstcommoncore.com) to read all the reasons why all of us should be concerned and opposed to this curriculum.
I later received an email from the school board president, Bryan Smith, informing me of the board's policy 1110 "Public participation in Board Meeting" which states, "a patron may not address the Board on the same issue more than once in a three-month period." The school board is restricting what a person can and cannot say which is a violation of our first amendment of U.S. Constitutional right to freedom of speech and a violation of our Utah Constitution, Article I Section 15, which states, "no law shall be passed to abridge or restrain the freedom of speech or of the press." Both Constitutions overrule their policy.
School board members are sworn into their respective positions to support, obey and defend the U.S. Constitution and the Utah Constitution. What is the penalty for violating their oaths of office? Policy 1110 needs to be abolished!
I also attended the meeting in which Julie Johnson, a parent at Discovery school (along with other Discovery school parents who were concerned, but not all present) were trying to find out the reason why Discovery school secretary, Cindy Ormond, was released from her position at the school. Julie was not given an answer due to a school board's policy.
Parents deserve the right to receive an answer because they are the stakeholders, it is their money and it is their children. Julie needs to be commended for her courage to stand, but she was met with teachers who told her that she had caused contention and a bad reputation for Discovery school. Julie was told to stop talking about this issue and to move on. This issue was not between parents and teachers, but with the school board. We all need to be reminded that bullying doesn't just pertain to the children but to adults as well.