For Immediate Release
MANCHESTER, NH September 16, 2021–After watching the public comment session at the September 13, 2021 meeting of the Manchester Board of School Committee, Republican mayoral candidate Richard Girard issued the following statement:
I applaud and stand with the parents who came forward to demand an end to the district’s mask mandate and that inappropriate books be removed from their children’s classrooms. The parents spoke with great care, passion and concern for their children. Clearly, they were informed on the topics about what they spoke and it took courage for many of them to come forward. While I was shocked by the information presented about the books being used to teach their children, I wasn’t surprised. The district has, for years, been adding inappropriate material to the curriculum, all of which I opposed when I sat on the board. This is what you get when the community isn’t included in the process of choosing curricular materials and those on the board fail to do their homework before adopting what the experts put in front of them.
Sadly, it seems that what the parents had to say fell on deaf ears, again. Is it any wonder that more and more parents are pulling their children from our schools? With Education Freedom Accounts now available, what has been a steady outflow of students will become an exodus. Parents are habitually dismissed by those who work for the district. In their minds, they’re the experts and the parents are unqualified and their concerns are, therefore, uninformed and not to be considered. All I have to say to that is the experts built the Titanic and the amateurs built the Ark.
I believe my proposal to create a public school choice system will overcome these problems because parents will be able to chose the schools to which they send their kids. I know that will have parents looking at things like the books that are used and my bet is a lot of the garbage that’s in the system will be tossed by teachers and schools that want parents to choose their program or school.