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Preorder Event: School Moms: Parent Activism, Partisan Politics, and the Battle for Public Education

Preorder Event: School Moms: Parent Activism, Partisan Politics, and the Battle for Public Education

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An on-the-ground look at the rise of parent activism in response to the far-right attacks on public school education


For well over a century, public schools have been a non-partisan gathering place and vital center of civic life in America--but something has changed. In 
School Moms, journalist Laura Pappano explores the on-the-ground story of how public schools across the country have become ground zero in a cultural and political war as the far-right have made efforts to seek power over school boards.

Pappano argues that the rise of parent activism is actually the culmination of efforts that began in the 1990s after campaigns to stop sex education largely fizzled. Recent efforts to make public schools more responsive and inclusive, as well as the pandemic, have offered openings the far-right have been waiting for to organize and sway parents, who are frustrated and exhausted by remote learning, objections by teacher’s unions, and shifting directives from school leaders. Groups like Moms for Liberty and Parents Defending Education are organizing against revised history curricula they have dubbed as "CRT," banning books, pressing for "Don't Say Gay" laws, and asserting "parental rights" to gain control over the review of classroom materials. On the other side, progressive groups like Support Our Schools and Red, Wine & Blue are mobilizing parents to counter such moves.

Combining on-the-ground reporting with research and expert interviews, 
School Moms will take a hard look at where these battles are happening, what is at stake, and why it matters for the future of our schools..

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