Friday Five: School Choice Week, and more

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1. AP DILLON: Two school board candidate training events set for February

"Over the past two years, parents have become more involved in the education of their children than ever before.

Frustrated by mask mandates, school closures, learning loss, inappropriate materials, and the permeation of Critical Race Theory, parents took to protesting their local school boards in record numbers.

Protesting parents also found themselves targeted by the National School Boards Association, an organization that sent a letter to President Biden comparing parents to domestic terrorists.

To add insult to injury that letter would be used by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to direct the FBI to investigate moms and dads across the country, including applying a counterterrorism threat tag to anyone that crossed their path.

Two upcoming training events have been designed to help parents regain local control by giving them the tools they need to get elected to their local school board."

The School Board Bootcamps are FREE FOR EVERYONE! Even if you’re not a candidate, and you just want to get good school board members elected, these events are for you!

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2. NATIONAL SCHOOL CHOICE WEEK: We ❤️ School Choice

Every January, National #SchoolChoice Week (NSCW) shines a spotlight on effective education options for children.

Started in 2011, NSCW is now the world’s largest annual celebration of opportunity in education. During the weeklong celebration, schools, individuals, organizations, and homeschool groups plan tens of thousands of independent events to raise public awareness of the different K-12 education options available to children and families and spotlight the benefits of school choice.

This week, we celebrated school choice options in our state:

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3. CAROLINA JOURNAL: Redistricting arguments at N.C. Supreme Court will get extra time

"Oral arguments are scheduled for Wednesday. At stake is the fate of new election maps for North Carolina’s 50 state Senate seats, 120 state House seats, and 14 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. The General Assembly approved the maps last year with party-line votes. Republicans supported the maps. Democrats voted against them."

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4. THE NORTH STATE JOURNAL: Wake County Schools Office of Equity Affairs budget to date is over $8.69 million

"Through records requests, North State Journal has learned that the budgetary running total for Wake County Public Schools Office of Equity Affairs is over $8.69 million. WCPSS OEA Annual budgets In 2014, the point when the Office of Equity Affairs (OEA) was formed in Wake County Public Schools (WCPSS), the budget for the office was $250,519. That budget would grow to a high of $1,631,781 during the 2019-20 school year.“

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5. THE FEDERALIST PAPERS: Youngkin Sends Teachers' Unions Into Panic Mode After Implementing Tip Line

"In Virginia, Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin has spotted CRT in disguise. According to Newsweek, Youngkin, while explaining his executive order to ban critical race theory in schools, announced he had set up an email tip line where parents can report “divisive practices” in the classroom.

The Virginia teachers’ union is incensed, and they have accused Youngkin of intimidation. When a teachers’ union lashes out against transparency, it should tell you something. Who watches the watchmen when it comes to the education of our children? In Virginia, it’s the parents’ turn."

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WEEKLY PRAYER: OFFICIALS

LORD, we worship a mighty God who has the power to change hearts and minds. We lean on you as we continue to fight for the values we hold dear. Give our leaders Your wisdom—and courage to live it out.

Specifically, Lord, we thank you for the courageous leader and bold witness we have in Lt. Governor, Mark Robinson. Lord, protect him and his family, and continue to guide his life and his witness on your behalf. We praise you that his heart is filled with your Holy Spirit and his life is dedicated to truth. Please send more like him, Lord.

"But for you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, and endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses....Guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have departed form the faith. Grace be with you all." 1 Timothy 6

Amen.

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