Moms for Liberty school board members fire superintendent after winning election: ‘Expect to see more’
A group of conservative school board members who flipped control of a South Carolina school board wasted no time making changes to the school district’s governance, including firing the superintendent.
The new members of the Berkeley County school board in South Carolina, who were backed by the parent activist group Moms for Liberty, fired the district’s superintendent and banned critical race theory within hours of being sworn in Tuesday.
The school district is the fourth largest in the Palmetto State and was one of many districts across the country where Moms for Liberty endorsed pro-parental rights school board candidates prior to Election Day. The Berkeley County School District now has six new members who were endorsed by the group, flipping control to a conservative majority.
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Immediately after being sworn in Tuesday, the new members of the board went to work. The superintendent, who had been on the job since last year, was replaced, as was the school district’s attorney.
The firings drew a harsh reaction from the meeting audience, several of whom shouted at the board, NBC News reported. Additionally, two members of the board who opposed the firings walked out of the meeting in protest.
In a statement to the Washington Examiner, Moms for Liberty founders Tiffany Justice and Tina Descovich celebrated the success of their preferred school board candidates as a sign that “voters are tired of the status quo of failure in our public schools” and that the efforts in Berkeley County were only a first step.
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“We are seeing parents advocate for their children in schools with a tenacity like we’ve never seen before, and you should expect to see more examples of bold leadership as newly elected school board members take their seats on boards across the country,” Justice and Descovich said. “Parents have decided they are no longer going to sit in the shadows while school boards decide the future of their children for them.”