Republican lawmakers who support transparency in public schools are “intellectually stifling right wing book banners and anti-LGBT zealot bigots,” according to a candidate for the school board in RSU 10.
Caroline L. Mitchell, a write-in candidate for the district’s June 13 school board election, took aim at Rep. Rachael Henderson (R-Rumford) over a proposal that would require public schools to put curriculum material online.
Such transparency is just too much work for teachers, Mitchell said, before mocking suggesting that Henderson believes the earth is flat.
“Rachel Henderson, Rumford’s representative, wants all teachers to publish everything their children will see, hear, read, in school to parents by October first every year or we will suffer punishment,” Mitchell posted to Facebook.
“When they can’t even agree that the world is round and not 10,000 years old, every single thing will be challenged by these intellectually stifling right wing book banners and anti-LGBT zealot bigots,” she said.
The district includes Rumford, Mexico, Byron, Roxbury, Dixfield, Canton, Carthage, Byron, Peru, Buckfield, Hartford, and Sumner.
Although Republican lawmakers have introduced a host of school transparency bills this year, none of them are likely to garner support from Democratic lawmakers.
Henderson’s LD 1199 is among the simpler of those bills.
Mitchell’s opinion — and the voting patterns of Democratic lawmakers — are wildly out of step with bipartisan majorities of Mainers who support public school transparency.
According to a Maine Wire poll conducted earlier this year by Co/Efficient, 80 percent of Maine voters support posting curriculum materials online.