Groups like 1776 Project PAC and American Principles Project have been throwing funds into a variety of school board races, the objective being that many youngsters are being taught left-leaning ideology in classrooms around the country. According to The Associated Press, 1776 Project has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars over the last 18 months promoting school board candidates; and is campaigning for dozens more candidates this fall in Maryland, Arkansas, and Michigan.
In similar fashion, the Washington, DC-based APP saw its donations surge since it backed a slate of school board candidates in Polk County (Florida) who were endorsed by Republican Governor Ron DeSantis.
Tiffany Justice of Moms for Liberty says her organization believes putting money behind those campaigns is a great idea – and one that is overdue.
"Teachers' unions have been pouring money into school board campaigns and focusing on school board campaigns for years," Justice notes. "That's why we are where we are in education today in America – because you've had people serving on school boards who are more interested in protecting and funding the system than they are in protecting and funding students."
Justice adds that school board races are even important for people who have no children or have children who are grown and no longer in school. Everyone, she argues, needs to be involved in what is being taught in America's public schools; and especially in children learning to read.
"Just to connect that to where we are today in America where we see rising crime crates, we need to look no further than our prison system," she shares. "On average, about 75% of prison inmates have about a fourth-grade reading level … and it is worse for men than it is for women."
The result, she adds, is a literacy crisis in America.
"… Right now, only about a third of kids are learning to read proficiently in schools, [and] that is shocking," says Justice. "Everyone should be working to support elected officials to make broad changes in the way schools are operating."