The ink is still wet after the Carroll County Board of Education implemented a neutrality policy on political speech in the classrooms. The first major test of this policy came in the form of pride flags being displayed in classrooms by an initiative promoted by Carroll County Public Schools in coordination with PFLAG, and the Ash Strong Foundation. Carroll County, Maryland made national news for its hesitance to implement a political neutrality policy in January. Despite the initial hesitancy, Carroll County Maryland’s school board has a statewide reputation for leading the way in opening schools and unmasking children.
In January 2022, I had asked BOE member, Tara Bataglia, if pride flags would be covered by the neutrality policy, to which she said it would not. The pride flag was created by Gilbert Baker in 1978, at the behest of Harvey Milk, a politician who liked to have sex with underaged boys. Evidently, in April 2022, the Carroll County Board of Education recognized the problem with allowing pride flags to be displayed in classrooms at the behest of political organizations.
The Board of Education oversees Carroll County Public Schools which have been accused by advocacy groups such as Concerned Parents of Carroll County and Mom’s For Liberty of demonstrating bias in accepting donations. Whereas, the donated pride flags were accepted by CCPS, reading material to be provided by Mom’s For Liberty were not. Concerned Parents and Mom’s For Liberty then coordinated to show up at the April 13th school board meeting. Over 100 people showed up with many having to wait outside the building. The crowd breakdown was almost even in support of displaying pride flags in classrooms. Over forty people requested to speak, of which only twenty were able to.
The result of the school board meeting was that the Board of Education set fourth the motion to develop a new “flag policy” in response to the issue. The board president Kenny Kiler spoke in support of creating a generic policy to respond to this issue. The board voted 4-1 to initiate this process.
The parents opposed to the pride flags in classrooms represented a current violation of the neutrality policy. State delegate candidate, Sallie Taylor, urged the school board to fix the problem using existing policy.
“Overall we’re pleased with the board’s decision to draft a flag policy. Racial and gender identity politics have no place in our schools. The focus needs to be academics. We also hope the board explores ways to strengthen the Political Neutrality policy. When this policy was being discussed, there were concerns on whether the policy had a strong enough accountability component and there was teacher’s union and legal pushback. It is obvious that we need to revisit this and ensure we deter future, widescale political activities,” Bryan Thomson of Concerned Parents told Evangelical Dark Web.
This issue comes at an interesting time, in that, four of the five board members running for office: two for reelection and two others for county commissioner.
Will America-First News Outlets Make it to 2023?
Things are looking grim for conservative and populist news sites.
There’s something happening behind the scenes at several popular conservative news outlets. 2021 was bad, but 2022 is proving to be disastrous for news sites that aren’t “playing ball” with the corporate media narrative. It’s being said that advertisers are cracking down, forcing some of the biggest ad networks like Google and Yahoo to pull their inventory from conservative outlets. This has had two major effects. First, it has cooled most conservative outlets from discussing “taboo” topics like Pandemic Panic Theater, voter fraud, or The Great Reset. Second, it has isolated those ad networks that aren’t playing ball.
Certain topics are anathema for most ad networks. Speaking out against vaccines or vaccine mandates is a certain path to being demonetized. Highlighting voter fraud in the 2020 and future elections is another instant advertising death penalty. Throw in truthful stories about climate change hysteria, Critical Race Theory, and the border crisis and it’s easy to understand how difficult it is for America-First news outlets to spread the facts, share conservative opinions, and still pay the bills.
Without naming names, I have been told of several news outlets who have been forced to either consolidate with larger organizations or who have backed down on covering certain topics out of fear of being “canceled” by the ad networks. I get it. This is a business for many of us and it’s not very profitable. Those of us who do this for a living are often barely squeaking by, so loss of additional revenue can often mean being forced to make cuts. That means not being able to cover the topics properly. Its a Catch-22: Tell the truth and lose the money necessary to keep telling the truth, or avoid the truth and make enough money to survive. Those who have chosen survival simply aren’t able to spread the truth properly.
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