Laura Boggs is puppeteering your local school board election – again.
For those who are new to the Jeffco Schools scene, Laura Boggs is a former Jeffco School Board of Education Member who was censured – twice, for agreeing with a radio host that the then superintendent “should be shot” and for threatening to “tear this county apart.” Yes, that Laura Boggs:
- The spiritual and political Mastermind of the recalled trio of Witt, Williams, and Newkirk (WNW), who brought national shame to Jefferson County.
- The woman famous for her intimidation tactics, going so far as to take photos of license plates and take video of community members entering community forums during those early days of mounting concern over the actions of WNW.
- That same former board member who, several times, talked about how Jefferson High School is a failing school and an example of why Jeffco is a failing district.
- The woman who was known to say teachers are not taxpayers because they are paid with taxpayer dollars.
- Ms. Boggs, name-caller extraordinaire, who lumped Recall supporters into two groups: “teachers” and “riled up mommies.”
She’s also known to have hidden behind an easel in a meeting trying to avoid being noticed, and even wrestled a high school classroom from a teacher’s control and then told the students that school is “stupid.” Yes, that Laura Boggs.
Unfortunately this very same effective manipulator Laura Boggs, “conservative” “reformer,” who, by the way, is really neither, has been identified as the mastermind behind the current opposition slate of Shelton, Miks, and Wilhite (SMW). People have been saying on social media they want proof; well, here’s the proof, clear as day.
This email screenshot is being spread all over social media in response to outrage that Varda, Parker, and Reed didn’t show to a Christians Who Care forum. More on that later. In this email, the forum organizer clearly identifies SMW as “her candidates.” Enough said. This alone should give everyone pause and raise your blood pressure, and hopefully, send you running to tell everyone you know who might be considering voting for “her candidates” to think again.
When the campaign took issue with Boggs being copied on the emails, this is how the forum organizer responded:
Further, Boggs has been an active part of the “grassroots” “independent” group that is promoting the opposition slate since the beginning, as seen in this Facebook discussion from January 2021.
Elections matter. We say this every election. And, seemingly, every election, Laura Boggs tries to come back. So what’s at stake this time? What’s different this time?
The short version: the (“conservative”) politicization of school boards on a national level as part of a national strategy. Laura Boggs and her Jeffco pals are trying to tap into this national strategy.
For example, from Fairfax, Virginia:
Screen shot is from this longer thread: https://twitter.com/JuddLegum/status/1450081018040492038
The above quote comes from Fairfax County, VA—one of the largest school districts in the nation–where a so-called “grassroots” group calling itself Parents Defending Education is working for a Republican takeover of what should be nonpartisan school boards.
In one recent example, a parent told the Fairfax County school board that the high school library contained two books containing pedophilia—a claim that is completely untrue. As is often the case with such groups, Parents Defending Education isn’t particularly interested in facts, instead retweeting her public comment and repeating the allegation. Conservative school board candidates also continued to repeat the lie, arguing, “I believe that parents should be in charge of their kids’ education.”
Mind you, no such books exist in the school library.
In another story out of Southlake, TX, a school administrator told teachers that if they have a book about the Holocaust in their classroom they should offer students books from an “opposing” perspective. Teachers were told this after a parent complained that a fourth grade teacher had a anti-racism book in her classroom (the book in question was This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell) and the school board voted to reprimand the teacher. We can’t make this stuff up.
The story also notes that a group of parents in that district have been fighting to block new diversity and inclusion programs in the school district there, as part of a broader national movement led by people opposed to lessons on racism, history, and LBGTQ issues—often referred to by the now-population catchphrase “critical race theory.”
Bringing it Home
And now, Laura Boggs and Friends are cutting-and-pasting onto your social media all over Jeffco…
Careful readers may have noticed that and several other similar phrases being thrown about on social media and news stories in Jeffco. We’ll post a few screenshots for those of you who, wisely, have avoided social media for a while. For example:
Or there’s this one:
And this one, in response to a post for Varda, Reed, and Parker on Nextdoor:
Hive mind? Just a steady stream of slogans from the same echo chamber?
Unfortunately, it’s part of this larger strategy to politicize school boards—one that has been alive and well in Jeffco for some time now.
Today, JCSBW just wants to focus on one of the issues: all the stuff found under the catchphrase “Critical Race Theory.”
That battle over Advanced Placement United States History from 2014? Here it is again, wrapped in shiny new packaging.
The claim is that (mostly white) children might feel badly about themselves if they learn about our country’s past. Last time around the fear was that our children might not become patriotic if they knew our country’s history (i.e., American Exceptionalism).
If the opposition is elected, we’re going to be right back to this same battle.
- First, a recent Colorado Sun article highlights a curious pattern in which conservative candidates around Colorado are focused on the same issues.
- That Parents Defending Education group we talked about above? It’s also actively involved in the Mesa County School Board race. Yes, that Mesa County, the one where County Clerk Tina Peters was recently banned from having any role in the November 2021 election.
- Meanwhile, the Colorado Sun also reported that in Colorado Springs, Church Voter Guides published candidate responses to a series of questions, including queries about critical race theory, sex education and coronavirus protocols, and the El Paso County Republican Party sent a questionnaire to board candidates in that county that included questions about critical race theory, mask and vaccine mandates, and false allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 elections.
See the pattern yet?
If not, how about this from the Summit County School District where another so-called “grassroots” group claims to be concerned about budget issues, academics, and politics in schools.
One of the Summit County candidates is also very concerned about school library books (just like in Texas), and wants to see books with “left-leaning points of view” balanced with books from a conservative perspective. She also is concerned about social justice and gender identity being incorporated into coursework, claiming it’s “the job of parents” to teach those issues at home.” Not content with that viewpoint, she raised the bar, claiming that teachers think they have the right to “almost raise our kids for us.”
One version of this played out here in Jeffco night before last, at a candidate forum by a group calling itself “Christians Who Care” —a group that is loosely organized at best because JCSBW couldn’t find any information about the group at all. Much ado has been made on social media because the pro-public education candidates, Danielle Varda, Mary Parker, and Paula Reed pulled out of the forum at the last minute.
Let’s start with the questions that candidates were provided ahead of the forum (typed as written in the screenshot, with three bolded by JCSBW for emphasis):
- What are your qualifications for being a Board of Education candidate, and what do you see is the most important issue you would like to address?
- 55% of Jeffco’s 3rd graders are not at grade level reading. 74% of sixth graders are not at grade level math. Overall student achievement as declined as has student enrollment. In contrast, annual spending continues to increase. How do you explain these statistics and trends, and as a Board of Education member, how do you plan to address these issues?
- We are aware that the Union has endorsed certain Board of Education candidates. How does a Union endorsement or non-endorsement influence your decisions, when making critical education-related decisions?
- Several of the most highly contested issues in the educational systems in Jefferson County relate to mandated masking and vaccinations. As a Board of Education member, how would you address parents’ concerns? [JCSBW note: Neither Jeffco nor Colorado has a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students and any future mandate would be approved by the state legislature, not the school board.]
- As a member of the Board of Education, how would you address the increasing intrusion of government into educational systems wherein the rights and responsibilities of parents are eroded?
- From a Christian and parent perspective, how will you address the canceled culture/Woke mentality in schools with special attention to the political themes of Black Lives Matter and Critical Race Theory?
No wonder VRP declined to show to this forum. It was clearly a trap.
JCSBW apparently is not “woke” enough to understand what “woke indoctrination,” “woke curricula” or “woke mentality” are, much less “canceled culture,” but none of them are tied to grassroots movements.
Turns out that some of those questions come directly from Parents Defending Education. Their website includes encouraging parents to create social media pages to “document examples of woke indoctrination” and waging lawsuits against “woke” curricula.
Now consider the questions in bold above. Coincidence? No.
There’s a lot at stake when it comes to protecting our Jeffco neighborhood, option, and charter schools.
If she gets her way, Laura Boggs won’t just be organizing candidates, she’ll be commanding them to “tear apart” the county again.