Your tax dollars at work
When shots are whizzing about your head you do not have time to think about the full scene of the battle, much less the state of the war. In the war for parental rights and childhood innocence the battleground is the government schools, and in Tillamook County the parents and the students are losing, according to some.
Shouldn’t locally funded schools reflect the values of their patrons? Yes, but herein lies the problem: Government schools are becoming less locally funded making them subject to the demands of the state and the federal government. Educrats (elected leaders and appointed bureaucrats) are issuing a multitude of policies to be implemented in local schools. And what is the focus of the state and federal policies? High levels of reading comprehension? Mathematical excellence? Scientific achievement? Nope, its gender expansiveness.
Gender expansive is the edusphere’s fancy way of saying LGBTQAI2S+ without fear of excluding some new gender, unless it is plain male and female. Oregon, who proudly leads the way in legalizing and legitimizing all things that are harmful and transgressive, has recently updated their Supporting Gender Expansive Students Guidance for Schools.
The goal of these policies is that it “clarifies new and evolving laws and policies.” What new laws and policies? Here is a review of relevant federal and state laws and their funding.
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1. The Feds and the Biden Administration
. During his presidential campaign, President Biden vowed to support transgender children. One way his administration followed through was the changing of TITLE IX language in June 2021 to require all federal funded programs to be “free” of discrimination of gender identity. In fact, the Biden Administration assigned the USDA Free Lunch Program as the enforcement agent of “prohibiting discrimination based on...gender identity.” Here discrimination includes discriminating against boys (or 18-year-old high school students) from using girls’ private spaces. Locally, Nestucca Valley School Superintendent stated in response to this concern that “there would be a lot of hungry kids” without the free lunch program. But the school administration never approached the local agricultural community it serves with this issue.
Of course, the TITLE IX language extends to sports. Protecting women’s sports was the original intent of TITLE IX. The TITLE IX change was its own controversy, as it received the most public comments ever on a proposed rule change, but somehow lost thousands of them. Presumably, because they did not have time to make the legally required responses to the public comments.
2. Oregon Department of Education
. If one finds the behavior of the Biden Administration contemptible, the Oregon Department of Education is intolerable. Oregon was one of the first states to pass “Comprehensive” Health Education in 2016. Following, Comprehensive Health was the appearance of School Based Health Clinics. These clinics are generally on school grounds and can offer services for elementary students with parental permission, mental health services without parental notification starting at 14, and all
services to 15 year olds without parental notification. While these clinics cannot perform surgeries, they can administer vaccines and write prescriptions for antibiotics, birth control, hormones, etc. Neah-Kah-Nie already operates a school based health clinic, and Nestucca has agreed to work towards opening one within the district. Nationally, Planned Parenthood has also helped fund these clinics, as well as state “grants”.
The state heavily funds most schools in Oregon. There are a few exceptions, like Nestucca, that rely on timber sales for base funding. So, if a school is in non-compliance with ODE policy all funding could be threatened.
3. Local School District Personnel
. While many government school staff members are not supporters of the gender expansive agenda, to speak out or refuse to promote gender expansiveness is to risk termination. Some schools and administrators give leeway to classroom teachers and aids. However, the unfortunate reality is that newly graduated teachers are products of 16 years of government indoctrination: A potent mix of Marxist anti-family and anti-capitalist views. Furthermore, teacher unions try to strong arm all teachers into membership and their prevailing doctrines. Compounding all these issues is the exodus of the boomer generation. Furthermore, highly educated school nurses and counselors may be more aggressive supporters of gender expansiveness than the educational staff members.
School staff have also routinely thwarted laws requiring school based clubs to be student initiated, and started PRISM (formerly known as the Gay Straight Alliance, or GSA) Clubs. In the case of the Nestucca’s PRISM club, it was reportedly the school nurse that started the club. These clubs meet during the school day. School employees do not consider parental consent or notification of students in these clubs. But they do solicit the community to pay for their activities through fundraisers, like See’s Candy Sales. Nationally, these clubs have been prime instigators for convincing children as young as middle school to begin transitioning, without parental approval, and take field trips to Gay Pride parades. Some events attended by members of PRISM are not limited to minors. In other words, PRISM clubs have exposed children to sexually inappropriate materials and adults across the country.
Who is paying for that? Well, your donations, and to some extent tax dollars, as school property are used and school paid employees must be sponsors of these clubs. PRISM also holds pride events, such as was held in the commons area at Nestucca last June and special graduation events for Tillamook students. These events often force non-Prism club members to “celebrate” their LGBTQ+ friends via peer pressure. Individual students’ consciences and parental preference is not considered.
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School nurses can also aid students in finding resources to obtain hormones or receive necessary psychological evaluations for further procedures that can be performed on minors at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Tillamook County Health Department also recently hired a gender-affirming counselor. Local schools have a long history of transporting students to the Health Department for services. The state can legally pay for transgender surgeries of 15-year-olds. Which brings us back to the money.
It is very difficult to tally how much money this agenda is receiving from our tax dollars because there is no line item for Gender Expansive programs and the new guidance demands that these programs be cross-curricula. Simply stated, all funds are fungible and able to be leveraged toward this agenda. The USDA Federal Free Lunch Program and Planned Parenthood (they administer hormone treatments to suppress puberty) spent 15 billion in federal funds in 2019. In Oregon, the state spent $9.2 billion this last school year, or about 50% of tax revenues, on government schools. Obviously the majority of dollars are spent elsewhere, but it is easy to understand their financial advantage versus average median individual income in our county at $50,000 per year.
This well-funded ideological war against majority American parental values seems insurmountable. But Americans do not despair. At the Lexington Green on April 19, 1775 Captain John Parker and his 70 militia men faced approximately 1000 trained and armed British soldiers. Parker stood his ground. Soon other colonial militias joined and the patriots won their first battle against the British. Although the war was long and hard, we know who won.
We can either behave like Captain Parker or leave the children to the predations of this ideology. Many have wisely decided to take their children out of the line of fire by sheltering them in private or homeschools, but the adults must stay on the field. Do not cower to accusations of “transphobe” or “bigot,” the children (including the gender expansive children) deserve our protection. Refusing to speak in public against these policies only breeds more cowardice. Yes, they have money and possibly illegitimate “laws” on their side. Nazi Germany had plenty of laws to legitimize their crimes against the Jews. Insist that school boards refuse Gender Expansive policies and dare the state to deny our local public schools funding. File Title IX complaints against the schools for failing to protect female sports and private spaces. Obtain access to all learning materials. Demand for opt-in versus the antiquated opt-out for Marxist Queer indoctrination. Join with other community members and offer our local schools local solutions to reduced or free lunches.
|Post Date: 2023-01-19 05:12:43||Last Update: 2023-01-19 09:31:23|