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After Forced Cancellation, Organizers Proceed with Forum on Parent Voices in School Curriculum on No

After Forced Cancellation, Organizers Proceed with Forum on Parent Voices in School Curriculum on November 9th in Howard County


Amid a staged protest by the Howard County Education Association and a campaign to cancel reservations at an initial venue, organizers are proceeding with a forum to highlight concerns that parents and educators have with current school curricula. The event will now be held at 6650 Santa Barbara Road, Elkridge, Maryland 21075


The forum features a stellar group of speakers–an educator (Mr. George Johnson), a retired educator (Ms. Sheila Jennifer), a former Board of Education member (Ms. Gordana Schifanelli), and a nationally renowned journalist/parents’ rights advocate from Loudoun County, Virginia (Ms. Asra Nomani). The event will also feature opening remarks by Dr. Antonio Campbell, a professor at Towson University.


The topic of this event is straightforward: What is the role of parents in discussions on curriculum in public schools? Issues like critical race theory and sexually-explicit materials in public schools are becoming of increasing concern to parents. And yet there remains little discussion on the concerns of parents about what their child learns in public schools. This forum aims at amplifying parent voices with public school administrators and elected Board of Education members.


Beth Lawson, a lead organizer of this forum, notes, “The forum attempts to shed light on an issue that has been much discussed in social media forums and at parents’ gatherings. The concerns of many