Rhode Island mom SUED by America’s largest teacher’s union over CRT public records requests

“Game on.” – A mom, who is being sued by the largest teachers’ union in the U.S. over requests for public records regarding her school district and CRT, fires back. 

  • Nicole Solas, a Rhode Island stay-at-home mom, is being sued by NEARI for requesting information about her school district’s curriculum regarding CRT. 
  • NEARI also filed for emergency injunctive relief, seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction.
  • The concerned parent claims the largest U.S. teacher’s union is “so determined to push its political agenda that they are willing to expose themselves in a court.”

The National Education Association Rhode Island(NEARI), the largest U.S. teacher’s union, has filed a lawsuit against Nicole Solas, a stay-at-home mom. The association decided to take things to court after Solas continuously requested public records regarding her school district and Critical Race Theory, The Daily Wire notes.

The mom recently posted on Twitter:

“Today the teacher union NEA filed ANOTHER lawsuit against me – this time a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction. Will teacher unions bullying moms be an everyday thing now?”

According to the Goldwater Institute’s blog, In Defense of Liberty, Nicole has emailed the principal of her South Kingstown school, asking for the kindergarten curriculum. The mom wanted to know whether the schedule includes politically charged materials, such as Critical Race Theory and gender theory, holding them out to be true.

Instead of sending her the schedule, the school threatened her they would take legal action against her for “asking too many questions.” 

Outraged over the school’s reaction to her requests, Solas commented:

“The NEA is so determined to push its political agenda that they are willing to expose themselves in a court of law for who they really are: an association of bullies eager to challenge a stay-at-home mom who simply wanted to know what her daughter would be taught.

This lawsuit won’t deter me from asking questions, and I encourage all parents to do the same, so that they are empowered to make informed decisions regarding their children’s education.”

Nicole’s representative attorney, Jon Riches, who is also the Director of National Litigation at the Goldwater Institute, stated:

“This brazen and unprecedented act of intimidation by the NEA will not stand. Nicole Solas is entitled to know what her daughter’s school is teaching in the classroom. She’s entitled to ask questions. And she does not deserve to face legal action just for asking questions any concerned parent would ask.”

NEARI filed for emergency injunctive relief, seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction.

As per William A. Jacobson of Legal Insurrection, who has been following Nicole’s case, “the Complaint is Verified, but the evidence is lacking in the complaint.”

One of the requests made by Solas was Request No. 164, calling for all emails between Linda Savastano, the former Superintendent, and Robin Wildman for a period of two years.

However, according to Jacobson, the school district does not want those emails to be revealed, probably because Wildman, who is at the center of a complaint Solas filed with the RI Attorney General’s office, is a CRT activist.

In an interview with The Collective from this May, Wildman, who was the founder of Nonviolent Schools Rhode Islan said:

“I approached the superintendent with an idea to form a BIPOC group that would look at policies and practices and make recommendations to create a more inclusive, antiracist district.

I believe in working for justice, and not equal rights. The difference is, in reality, while you may be offered the same opportunities, you can easily be denied access due to your race because the vast majority of those that control all of the systems in our country are white, due to racism. Justice means breaking down the oppressive systems that prevent BIPOC from accessing opportunities in your community that white people have.

I feel that as a white woman of privilege it is up to me to create change.”

A month later, the South Kingston School Committee was considering suing Solas.

As revealed by the Providence Journal, School Committee Chairwoman Emily Cummiskey claimed the suit could be a “potential injunction” to prevent “a nationally-organized, racist group [attempting] to create chaos and intimidate our district. …This is their MO nation-wide and I anticipate other districts in our state will soon experience the same unfortunate influx we have.” 

Cummiskey also called Nicole’s requests “over-the-top.”

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