There are two ways to stop radical discriminatory practices in public schools: One way is the legislative way by voting out ineffective Superintendents and Boards of Education as Queen Anne’s County paved the way in their successful election of the new School Board in 2020 and the other way is a judicial way as the Calvert County leads the way with this legal action.
Calvert County Parents for Education filed Complaint on August 17, 2021 for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief on behalf of themselves and their minor children at the Calvert County Circuit Court.
Pursuant to Md.Code Ann. Education section 4-205, Cts. and Jud.Proc. Section 3-401, Civil Rights Act, United States Constitution 14th Amendment and Equal Protection Clause, the Parents and students allege the following:
Count I, Violation of the United States Constitution, Amendment XIV, Equal Protection Clause.
Count II, Violation of Title VI of the Civil Rughts Act stating that “No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Parents and Students claim that “discussions in public schools based on the student’s skin color portrays a particular viewpoint that white students are being identified as part of “white supremacy” or “racism” contrary to Title VI 34 C.F.R section 100.4 and the Supreme Court Precedent Alexander v. Sandoval, 532 U.S. 275,281 (2001).
Count III aleges Violation of the First Amendment -Freedom of Speech where the Calvert County Superintendent and the School Board engaged in viewpoint discrimination, compelled speech, and chilled speech, implementing policies of “bias interrupters” and silencing the viewpoints of white students and imposing radical ideology based on race.
Count IV alleges Violation of Maryland Constitution, Article 24, Equal Protection Clause
Count V clearly states elements of claim for violations of Maryland Education Article, Section 4-205 which requires public schools to provide Quality Education. Plaintiffs claim that discriminatory policies stated in the complaint do not provide quality education.
As a relief the Plaintiffs pray that the Court issues immediate and permanent injunction requiring that the Board and the Superintendent immediately remove all polices, practices, procedures and materials from the children’s curriculum that promote discriminatory conduct described on the complaint.
Similar unlawful attempts were made in Queen Anne’s County Public Schools when then Superintendent Dr. Andrea Kane approved student online training called “Students Talking About Race”in July 2020. Local Attorney Gordana Schifanelli, a parent of the elementary school child organized Kent Island Patriots group of parents who opposed this radical training of minors and within few months elected a new Superintendent and current Board of Education Members ending racial discrimination and chilling effect on children and their speech in Queen Anne’s County.