AFT-NH: Edelblut Is Encouraging Parent Complaints About Teaching ‘Divisive Concepts’

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For Immediate Release- November 11, 2021

Contact- Deb Howes,  President@aft-nh.org

603-930-9248

 

AFT-NH: Edelblut Is Encouraging Parent Complaints About Teaching ‘Divisive Concepts’

AFT-NH Calls on Governor to Demand State Education Commissioner Step Down

CONCORD, N.H.—Statement by AFT-New Hampshire President Deb Howes on state Commissioner of Education Frank Edelblut’s webpage for parents to file complaints against teachers who allegedly teach lessons that discriminate, under the Right to Freedom from Discrimination in Public Workplaces and Education law:

“It was bad enough that the law tried to find a problem that doesn’t exist—no teacher in New Hampshire teaches that any group is inherently superior or inferior to another. That false flag has now been made worse with Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut launching a webpage to encourage parents to file complaints against teachers who allegedly teach so-called divisive concepts. Totally innocent teachers could lose their teaching license over claims that are not backed up by any evidence. Edelblut has declared a war on teachers, a war that the overwhelming majority of N.H. parents will find repulsive.

“AFT-NH calls on Gov. Chris Sununu to demand that Edelblut step down over his outrageous, obviously politically motivated, harmful effort.

“Edelblut refused AFT-NH’s invitation to meet with our members about the law and instead launched a webpage designed to attack them. It’s a pity that New Hampshire has an education commissioner who doesn’t support educators and the work they do every single day to help our children. Teachers work very hard to ensure that all students feel welcome and can see their lived experiences reflected in our classrooms and discussions.”

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