Local Evidence of the Problem
While the issue reached national attention due to the disruptions in Louden County Virginia, Central Illinois is not immune to the infiltration of our schools.
Gay Sex Books Found in Heyworth Classroom (March 2023)
March 24, 2023 Update: Sarah Bonner has resigned from the Heyworth School District and the CUSD #4 Board of Education has approved a Separation Agreement.
The Good: Bonner's actions as an 8th Grade teacher were made public and within 3 days she was placed on administrative leave. 10 days later, her resignation was accepted. Throughout Cities 92.9 reporting, there has been no evidence that the Heyworth Principal, the Heyworth Superintendent, or the Heyworth Board of Education were aware of Miss Bonner's actions prior to being made public on March 13. The administration's response has been prompt and appropriate. The parents that attended the Thursday, March 16 Board Meeting have reason to believe that their voices were heard.
The Bad #1: At the March 16 Board Meeting, two Heyworth teachers (Ryan Lawler and Anna Hanrahan) defended Miss Bonner's actions. Another individual, Krista Reichert-Lunny, defended Miss Bonner's actions referencing other sex-ed materials. It is indefensible to have these adults approve in a classroom of 12 and 13 year old children materials that were written to encourage gay sex. Parents need to stay on the alert because support for these disgusting materials still exists.
The Bad #2: Heyworth CUSD #4 Superintendent Lisa Taylor was quoted as saying "There has been a lot of misinformation ..." Perhaps she did unequivocally declare that Miss Bonner's actions were unacceptable, but Cities 92.9 did not report such comments. Their reporting did mention the need to look at all of their policies, and to see if the library policy can be adopted for classroom materials. CUSD #4's website did not filter out objectionable materials, and Superintendent Taylor will look into that. Parents need to hold Superintendent Taylor accountable. Meaningful changes need to be implemented to reduce the likelihood that this will ever happen again.
Cities 92.9 Talk FM Radio broke a story regarding a sexually explicit books in an 8th grade classroom in Heyworth Illinois. As of March 20, 2023 and within a week of the issue being reported, Dr. Lisa Taylor, Superintendent of Schools, Heyworth CUSD #4 has announced that a teacher is on administrative leave. Evidence suggests that, without administration's knowledge, the suspended teacher introduced the 8th graders to books and videos that the parents "expressed almost unanimous disapproval and shock." Click here for a summary of Cities 92.9 reporting.
Great reporting by the Great Plains Media reporters and quick action by the District 4 administration!
Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning (February 2020)
In February of 2020 the Illinois State Board of Elections adopted the Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning standard. Shrouded in terms like "Self-Awareness and Relationships to Others" this policy is but one step toward the Leftist tactic that is now called "Woke"
"Peoria-based Illinois Pro-Family Alliance, a lobbying group which “advocate(s) for biblical principles” on local, state and federal levels called the amendments “progressive” in a blog post Tuesday.
Saying that the proposed law “could require teachers to violate their conscience in order to obtain or retain their teaching license,” the group approached ISBE by letter, asking them to drop the proposed amendment with legal advice from attorneys at the Thomas More Society."
School Board Divided After Removing "The Hate U Give" (March 2022)
The school board for students in Rio, Oneida, Wataga, Victoria and Altona, Illinois had resignations following a community uproar demanding the removal of a BLM book from the schools.
Here is a transcript of the Peoria Journal Star article: A District Divided (an attempt to link directly to the article was unsuccessful)
World Literature 2 Class at Dunlap HS Using Foul, Disgusting Materials (April 2022)
After investigating, the school board did not seem to know about this material until after the fact.
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