Posted on August 7, 2021

Teachers’ Union Sues Rhode Island Mom over Requests for CRT Curriculum Info

Samuel Chamberlain, New York Post, August 5, 2021

State and local branches of the National Education Association (NEA) filed a lawsuit this week against a Rhode Island mom who initiated hundreds of public records requests seeking information about whether her daughter’s school curriculum included principles of critical race theory.

The National Education Association Rhode Island (NEARI) and NEA South Kingstown (NEASK) filed an initial complaint Monday against local school officials, as well as parent Nicole Solas and a defendant identified only as John Doe Hartman.


That led Solas to initially request a copy of the curriculum. She later broadened her requests to include emails involving the then-school superintendent, teachers and union officials. One of the requests included a question of “what qualifications” a music teacher had “to talk about race and equality with choir students”.

The lawsuit filed Monday in Bristol County Superior Court requests that a judge block the release of “non-public records” {snip}

“Given the circumstances of the requests,” the lawsuit states, “it is likely that any teachers who are identifiable and have engaged in discussions about things like critical race theory will then be the subject of teacher harassment by national conservative groups opposed to critical race theory.”


Last month, the NEA — which includes first lady Jill Biden as one of its members — passed a resolution at its annual convention vowing to publicize “an already-created, in-depth study that critiques white supremacy, anti-Blackness, anti-Indigeneity, racism, patriarchy … capitalism … and other forms of power and oppression.”