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April 2, 2021

School board bully

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:02 am

So you may have seen this item about a Latin teacher in the Sacramento Unified School District getting attention for comments he made as a parent and a private individual and not in his role as a teacher. And he didn’t even make them to the district he worked in but rather to the school district where his kids are enrolled. Which, of course, means that some parent who is more concerned about “tone” than the reality of what’s happening started Googling this guy right away to lay down some “can I speak to your manager” vibes.

From, yes, Fox News:

Harmony, who is a parent himself, said he has been able to better gauge “White supremacy” in his neighborhood, after hearing other parents demanding that the school district have its teachers return to the classroom.

“I’m as disappointed as I am unsurprised that last week, we all had to hear all the cynical, pearl-clutching, faux-urgency, ableist, structurally White-supremacist, hysteria, even as teachers were moving forward with an MOU that already put them in harm’s way and was asking too much of a beleaguered group of professionals,” Harmony said.

Harmony then chastised parents for treating teachers like a “wait staff” – actions that, he argued, will impair children’s ability to “grow up to be better than our generation.”

“You’ve attempted to bully a school board into making the schools less safe for the teachers and children. And you nearly succeeded, making complicit two of its members – who are still meeting virtually, but deciding that others must meet in person,” Harmony said. “You’ve attempted to bully a school board into acting in bad faith with teachers of your children.”

I mean, I don’t know what’s going on in his school district but if it’s anything like what’s going on in Alameda, where’s the lie?

A parent group demanded that the School District publicly renounce the comments of this single father with two kids just trying to do his best AND speak out for those that don’t typically get to make righteously indignant comments out of fear of being professionally targeted. I mean, who does that? There have been some shitty things said during City Council and School Board meetings and neither of these entities have publicly renounced a public commenters comment. The fact that it appears he has been targeted professionally means that people who don’t speak up are right to be fearful of the wrath of parents more concerned with tone then equity.

I mean, in our own neck of the woods we see the re-opening parents group with members who refuse to understand what the word “equity” means in the context of education and its impact on certain socioeconomic and ethnic groups. We have people propping up Republican backed groups tied to Gavin Newsom’s recall because their literature contains the words “parent” and “full day reopening.” We have people in that group celebrating lawsuits against school districts to force them to reopen. And, naturally, we have people floating the idea of recalling School Board members under the guise “just fyi.”

So when that dude says that some parents are attempting to bully school boards, he’s not wrong. Because it’s happening here too and we should all be saying that unacceptable rather than being complicit in our silence.

But here’s another FYI, the Fremont Unified School District is remaining in distance learning for the remainder of the school year. Here’s another fun fact about FUSD, the demographics show that it is 89% non-white.


  1. Private school teachers, day care workers, grocery workers, and food service, nurses, etc. are ALL back to work full time. Are public educators not essential workers?. Equity IS returning to full-time. Because the super-rich in private schools have been back for 6 months now. No excuses. It’s time to rise to the occassion. It’s not bullying, it’s legitimate anger.

    Comment by Joseph Kanesford — April 3, 2021 @ 4:33 pm

    • Joseph Kanesford – curious, but are you working from home currently? Are there alternatives for grocery workers, food service workers, nurses, etc to all them to do their jobs remotely? No. Teachers? Yes.

      Comment by JRB — April 5, 2021 @ 11:56 am

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