The co-chair of the task force looking into claims of indoctrination in Idaho schools submitted a public records request to the Boise School District that could cost tens of thousands of dollars, the district said Thursday.
The request asked for all Learning for Justice, English Learners and AVID materials, books, curriculum or other assignments that were used in K-12 classrooms or in teacher trainings over the past year, according to the district. It also asked for any materials, books, curriculum or assignments using Nikole Hannah Jones 1619 project or the 1776 project.
The school district said the request was made by Rep. Priscilla Giddings, who co-chairs the task force created by Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin looking into claims of indoctrination in Idaho schools. The task force met for the first time last month and has plans for three more meetings over the summer.
The records requests made, according to the school district, could involve thousands of hours, with costs ranging to more than $120,000, depending on the scope the representative wants.
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At that time AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) had already been successfully supporting college enrollment among socio-economic and ethnic/racial groups underrepresented in colleges for 25 years with the data to prove it.
Thanks to our staff and district support, our first group of eighth-graders began their transformation from underachieving students, unsure of their futures, to proficient and confident students, who would proudly inform anyone who would listen, Im going to college.
When they graduated from Capital High four years later with 70% of them going to college, we wept with joy.
When we read that Idahos indoctrination task force was targeting the AVID and ELL programs for investigation, we scratched our heads. Why would anyone be apprehensive of programs that brought so much success to students? The task force cant even define critical race theory, or indoctrination for that matter, so what did it hope to find? And why were these two programs specifically targeted? Unfortunately, we suspect that our students success is exactly what the task force is afraid of. Do they want to end programs that support the success of children whom they fear will replace them?
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