students complained to parents "Stamped" is hostile toward christians
February, 2021 : Students began complaining to their parents about the assembly that was held to introduce "Stamped", and about the anti-Christian bias of the book.
02/09/21 BOE Work Meeting: The board added a last minute agenda item to discuss the process of how text books and novels are approved for use in the classroom.
Karen Burton Brings Parents' Concerns to the School Board
The board has never responded to Karen's concerns.
Concerns About "Stamped" were brought to the BOE on 03/16/21 (See Video 3-7:30)
Karen Burton addressed the Kings LSD Board of Education with concerns about the book, and asked the board members to please read, or re-read, the book and reconsider whether it is appropriate as a required reading assignment for Kings students.
The board has never responded to this request.
CONCERNS About Political Activism Brought to BOE 04/20/21. (See Video 7-13:45, 18:50-22:25)
In April 2021, two students who do not know each other, and their parents, reported they each personally observed a 10th grade English classroom at Kings High School that had BLM flags and LGBTQ flags prominently displayed, and there was no USA flag in that classroom.
One of the students reportedly heard the teacher respond, "that flag does not stand for everyone" when another student asked why there was no USA flag in that classroom.
Colleen Schitter shared information with the BOE regarding BLM flags and no USA flag in the classroom and reminded the board of the district policy against public display of items in the classroom that promote any specific political agenda. (See video 7-10:30)
Karen Burton asked whether the board members had read "Stamped". The president of the school board said he would have to research that question. A follow up email was sent to the school board president a week later. (see video 10:50-13:45)
Louise Goodman expressed her concerns about what is currently taught, and not taught, in Kings schools. She shared her family's deep loyalty to the USA as a first generation American as well as her personal experiences as a minority in Kings schools several decades ago. (see video 18:50-22:25)
The board has failed to respond to concerns regarding "Stamped" raised in March and April.
Lack of Transparency, Lack of Concern and Follow Up, BOE Stands By BLM Support (See Video 32-45)
Louise Goodman expressed concern about the lack of transparency by the board. (See video 23-26)
Colleen Schitter expressed concern no one reached out to her for further information about the issues raised last month. She also read Tim Ackerman's email that was received, after she reached out to the board, which states BLM flags do not violate policy #3000 because BLM is not an organization. (See video 32-35)
Sandy Kristof expressed concerns about the lack of transparency by the board, lack of interaction between the board and the community, and requested the board be careful to not let academic excellence suffer in the name of wokeness. (See video 38-41)
Deb Geihl read from "Stamped" to the Kings LSD Board of Education. (See video 41:30-45)
The Letter Colleen referenced said BLM is not an organization. Here is the BLM Organization website