A school district in Pennsylvania was allegedly attempting to bury records related to its curriculum after a father tried to investigate what his child was being taught in school.
As a result, America First Legal (AFL) sued the Tredyffrin/Easttown School District (TESD), located in Chester County, Pennsylvania, on behalf of the father, Ben Auslander, to turn over documents related to the district’s curricular development.
Pacific Educational Group (PEG), a California-based education consultancy firm, was hired by the district in the spring of 2018, “to run teacher training and shape the curriculum,” according to AFL.
When Auslander inquired to see the materials the district and PEG were using to shape school instruction, he was told he could not make notes, photocopy or take pictures of them. When Auslander tried to take voice notes, TESD confiscated them “and threw him out,” according to AFL.
The district claimed PEG had asserted copyright protections on its training materials, AFL pointed out.
But when challenged with a lawsuit by AFL, on behalf of Auslander, TESD became unwilling to defend the copyright claim in court and handed over the documents.
They exposed that PEG’s consulting materials push the use of “critical race theory to transform leadership and [the] district,” which the title of one of PEG’s presentations to district staff shows.
The documents show PEG pushed the district to develop a “School Transformation Action Plan,” focused on “Equity/Anti-Racism.” The term “critical race theory” is used throughout the documents.
“Leaders develop capacity to analyze data from a critical perspective utilizing critical race theory ten…