Conservative host Mark Levin outlined a plan to fight left-wing indoctrination in schools through boycotts, litigation, and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests on Sunday's "Life, Liberty & Levin."
The author suggested that concerned parents use tactics similar to the anti-Israel Boycott, Divest & Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Additionally, "hundreds of people of every school system should be filing for Freedom of Information Act requests. For what? How do they hire teachers? How do they promote teachers? What exactly is in this contract that they had with the teachers' union."
A transcript of the segment is below.
Mark Levin: Why is this a runaway bestseller? It's not because of me; it's because of you. It’s the contents of the book, "American Marxism." And at the end of the book, the last chapter, I have an entire section called “We Choose Liberty.” And there is a section within that section called “Education.” Now, we need to address this. I am thrilled that parents are starting to show up in numbers at school board meetings, but they’re abused at these school board meetings. The entrenched unions, the entrenched educational bureaucracy and administrators, the school board members, this cabal, they have no intention of doing what we demand.
We spend hundreds of billions of dollars a year for these institutions. They call it public education, yet we have no say on anything that takes place; we don’t even have transparency. Well that’s got to end and I got a plan. I’ve got a plan and it’s not just for parents; it’s for those of us who care about this country -- it’s about taxpayers, it’s about grandparents. It's about all of us, whether you have children or not. And it’s this -- a couple of the things generally-- we need to adopt the strategies of the left in some respects.
They have the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, that is an anti-Semitic movement intended to destroy the state of Israel. Well we don't instead to do that, hardly. But we can use boycott, divestment, and sanctions too against institutions that are undermining our country and destroying the minds of our children. This BDS movement, we can apply it against school systems. More importantly, we can apply it against the National Educational Association and the American Federation of Teachers and their state and local affiliates.
What else can we do? We have the power of Freedom of Information Act in every state. We ought to be using that act in numbers; hundreds of people of every school system should be filing for Freedom of Information Act requests. For what? How do they hire teachers? How do they promote teachers? What exactly is in this contract that they had with the teachers' union? You can FOIA the texts and the emails and other forms of communications of the union representatives, teachers, in these schools, assuming those computers and laptops and telephones have been given to them or are being leased by them, by the school system. That's covered by FOIA too. It's time to dig in, not just come to in from the outside and protest -- I'm all for it -- but it's time for us to get tactical in what we do.
“How are these budgets decided? How are these budgets decided? These school board meetings -- they have these executive sessions; why are they having executive sessions? What's discussed in the executive sessions? And ladies and gentlemen, lawsuits can be brought. Obviously they're expensive, but there're legal groups throughout the country. I have links and contacts throughout the last chapter of the book. What? The Civil Rights Act of 1964, education amendments in 1972: your children are not supposed to be subjected to a hostile educational environment that preaches, that indoctrinates about racial stereotypes. There are some of these suits going on now; they ought to be all across the country. Offense. We need to become litigious just like they are.”
What else? Well, ladies and gentlemen, if your kid is being taught by a teacher who is teaching them Marxism and Louis Farrakhanism, dressed up as critical race theory, you go into that school board and you tell them -- or better yet, the principal -- I don't want my kid being taught by that teacher, period. What kind of training materials are being given to the teachers? You have a right to FOIA that information and get it too. Cloward and Piven: overwhelm the system, get all the information, find out what's going on.
But, here’s the other shoe that should drop. Many years ago, when I was president of Landmark Legal Foundation -- we have a wonderful president there now and I am the chairman -- we filed complaints with the Internal Revenue Service against the National Education Association and a number of its state affiliates, a lot of them. You can do this too. You don't have to be a lawyer to do this, but again, there are legal groups who will help you. It is time to liberate our school systems; it is time to prevent them from being the playthings of these Marxist movements and the Democrat Party. It’s time that we stop subsidizing these movements and the Democrat Party.
Ashlianna Kreiner is a CNSNews intern and rising senior at Christendom College, pursuing a bachelor's degree in theology with a literature minor. She has a desire to pursue truth and bring it to others, especially in the political world.