Elmbrook Community Need to Know
As of July 15th, 2022
Public Comment at Elmbrook Board Meetings Protected
Thanks to community pushback, Elmbrook voted on 7/12 to keep Citizens’ Forum (public comment) at Board meetings and modified language to give community members more time to speak. We are grateful to all the community members whose engagement and feedback helped make this happen.
Changes to Citizens’ Forum have been in discussion since 8/3/21 and a community member shared with us that during the 10/19/21 Community and Legislative Engagement meeting Jean Lambert advocated for ending public comment at Board meetings.
In the 4/12 Board meeting, Citizens’ Forum at Board meetings was up for discussion again. Community members spoke out:
“Part of your role as a Board member is to represent the interests of our community. How can you do that without really hearing from the community? Limiting time for Citizens’ Forum does not support that objective.”
“Many of our kids are fine, but there are kids that are struggling, and parents reaching out to the administration and board members are being ignored and disregarded. Some Board members and administration routinely dismiss parental concerns as partisan issues. However, most parents, regardless of their political affiliation, would agree that education is important. Using law enforcement as a means to silence parents through intimidation [and] using media to promote character attacks against parents has also been used as a tactic by Elmbrook to stifle free speech.”
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- Email Board members
- Attend the next Board meeting on Tuesday, 8/9 @ 6pm.
- Be engaged - look at meeting agendas, attend Board or committee meetings, speak out in Citizens' Forum, or watch the next Board meeting.
- To receive email updates, click on the orange "Follow Elmbrook Need to Know" on the right side of the page if on tablet/desktop or bottom of the page if on mobile.
Elmbrook Attorneys Silence Parent Criticism
Using a playbook community members have noticed before, another instance of Elmbrook using their attorneys to silence parent criticism has come to light.
January through May 2022, Elmbrook has paid over $93k in attorney fees to Buelow Vetter. Buelow Vetter recently used the same tactic to try to silence an Oconomowoc parent for criticizing explicit books. Oconomowoc subsequently dropped the legal threat when the parent would not back down.
Elmbrook Board Member Promotes His New Charter School
While Elmbrook social media comments remain turned off - which a community member pointed out in Citizens' Forum in August 2021 - Board member Jian Sun has been actively promoting and responding on social media for his new charter school, WIA.
Community members have reached out to us with concerns such as:
- What motivation does Jian have to ensure excellence in Elmbrook when negative outcomes at Elmbrook boost enrollment at WIA?
- Is Jian responding to emails as an Elmbrook Board member just as promptly as these messages for WIA?
- Is Jian following the Code of Conduct and Ethics for Board members? The Code states things such as "[I] will do my best to protect and preserve [Elmbrook] and to advance its progress."
We have seen requests already for Jian's resignation due to conflicts of interest.
As previously communicated, the founding members of WIA are Jian Sun and former Elmbrook Superintendent Matt Gibson. In March, Matt Gibson requested Elmbrook parent and student directory information for grades 4K-5 through an open records request. He subsequently withdrew that request in April. Why was our former Superintendent, who is working with a current Board member on a new school, looking for this information?
One more Board member with ties to charter schools is our Board President, Scott Wheeler. Community members have told us that he sends his two youngest children to a charter school providing classical education in Lake Country. Why does our Board President speak of Elmbrook excellence, yet he enrolls two of his kids elsewhere?
Board Member Jian Sun and Former Superintendent Matt Gibson
Request for Parent & Student Directory Information
From Matt Gibson
Jian Sun Affirming In Person
While Elmbrook's agenda for 7/12 shows the possibility for temporary virtual learning.
Jian Sun Affirming In Person
Elmbrook Property Sales and Discussions of Transparency
Linda Boucher advocated for notifying the community and taxpayers in a clearer manner that the District is looking at selling a property.
Jian Sun initially said (2:59:04) that “Finance and Operations meeting is an open meeting.”
Linda stated (3:01:41) that “The School District doesn’t own that property solely. The taxpayers of the School District own that property as well as the entire School District.”
Mushir Hassan (3:02:15) said the community can check the Finance & Operations minutes in July.
Jean Lambert added (3:03:17) “We have a certain responsibility to our electorate, but to be required to mail to every home when we’re selling a property I think that goes over the top.”
Scott Wheeler said (3:06:32) “I’m not opposed; Linda brings up a point. We could just be super transparent […]”
This policy is being discussed further in the Finance & Operations (F&O) meeting on Tuesday, 7/19 @ 1pm.
We suggest community members email the F&O members (Jian Sun, Jean Lambert and Jennifer Roskopf) encouraging timely and full transparency on property sales.
Elmbrook Voted to Increase Superintendent Base Pay to $213,718
Board President Scott Wheeler (1:04:00) apologized to Mark Hansen about his total compensation, "Sorry. You're not #1." On the other hand, if you look at DPI pay data, Mark's current base salary is currently the 9th highest in the state if you sort by code 05 - District Administration.
Thank you to the community members who spoke out, emailed and shared the DPI link with us.
Smiles Return to Elmbrook Homepage
One year after masks became optional for students, Elmbrook updated its website so full faces are on display in lead photos - studying, collaborating and most importantly... smiling.
As one community member has said, “Smiles are contagious and we should continue to see them from staff, students, and parents in Elmbrook. 😁”
DEI in the Elmbrook Employee Handbook
Details Continue to Emerge on Elmbrook's Rushed Vote for ~$500,000 Library Spend
At the March Board meeting, in a 5-2 vote, Elmbrook voted to spend ~$500,000 of taxpayer money on cosmetic updates at one of the District's newer libraries - Brookfield Elementary (est. 2000). The administration indicated plans to continue this spending for library updates at three more elementary schools for a total of $2M of taxpayer money potentially on the line.
Board President Scott Wheeler admitted (1:49:04) “this is a new approach, or it’s a different approach in terms of getting it to the Board for construction season. Normally we would have had a discussion on this. We would have a month to visit the space [and] think about it.”
In support of this spend, Board member Jen Roskopf said (1:39:39) “We know scientifically and statistically that if kids are engaged extracurricularly, they perform better academically." A community member did a records request to find out what research, studies, reports or articles informed the Board that support Jen’s assertion. The District responded: “There are no records responsive to your request. Jen Roskopf, who as an individual Board member does not speak on behalf of the Board, made the comment based on her own personal knowledge/research.”
What will the taxpayers be getting when they spend ~$500,000 on the Brookfield Elementary library? Rolling bookshelves, a feature that Glen Allgaier (1:25:10) said “the librarian [from Brookfield East] did tell me that the movability, they were not taking, the high school again I talked about this a little bit, they were not taking advantage of the fact that all the bookshelves were movable, reconfigurable, um, what makes you f-, and that is part of the plan here, right?”
The school will also will be able to move the $40,000 in stadium seating furniture (pictured below) the PTO bought in 2020 in order to reduce distraction from the hallway. The administration also spoke about better sight lines and some technology updates.
A community member in attendance spoke out against this spending - citing that 33 part-time learning assistants could be hired for an entire year with $500,000. She also mentioned that her kids, who attend that school, love the library and refuted rationales brought up for the spending.
Board member Linda Boucher was a voice of reason when discussing this and voted against it. Scott Wheeler joined her in that no vote.
After the vote, a community member shared with us a link between Superintendent Mark Hansen and CJ & Associates, who is the vendor being used for all $153,000 of furniture in the updates. Mark and Kim Hastings, President of CJ & Associates were on the Waukesha County Business Alliance for the 2021-2022 year.
Brookfield Elementary Library
Official pictures from the library's social media
Stadium Seating Purchased by PTO
Referred to as "collaborative learning furniture" by Board member Jennifer Roskopf
Updated Library Rendering
Elmbrook's 20th Century History Resource Pushes CRT and Equity Concepts
In a resource for 20th Century History, the CRT concept of systemic racism and equity concept of personal identities are discussed.
One excerpt: "But by the 2010s, some 50 years after the achievements of the civil rights movement [...], it remained true that African Americans still had not achieved full equality with white people."
Read more excerpts yourself in the pictures below.
As a reminder, the burden was been placed on the community to review these books despite the fact that the taxpayers pay the administration's salaries - many of them in the six figures.
What's At Stake, Elmbrook
We are grateful for continued media coverage of the issues the community has been bringing to light in Elmbrook. Excerpts from this 3/29 article are below:
"Elmbrook parents have had to fight schools for a hyper-sexualized curriculum. Students there have been given access to instruction on how to use sex apps, along with explicit illustrations, as well as sex surveys, asking about the number of sexual partners and substance use during sex. The district has failed to keep in place filters for explicit material on iPads, allowing Kindergarteners access to explicit materials.
The district is pursuing an agenda to shift to a CRT curriculum that 'prioritizes marginalized communities’ and 'de-centers whiteness.’ The Superintendent of course assured parents that CRT was not being taught in the district despite direct evidence that it was. When these Equity Principles – a plan to treat students differently based on their race – met with opposition, teachers were told that the district would rename the plan and move forward."
Elmbrook Senior Leadership Attempts to Access Private Student Health Records Without Consent
As additional details emerge from the discrimination complaint that led Tanya Fredrich (Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning: Student Services) to put in writing that since a student was part of a “majority” class they could not be discriminated against, we have found out that Elmbrook senior leadership also tried to access private medical records of this student.
According to this report:
“The child in question was suffering from depression and her parents were working with doctors to address her health concerns, the mother who filed the complaint told the DCNF [Daily Caller News Foundation] on the condition of anonymity. The parents discovered their daughter was failing, but said they had no idea and administrators would not communicate with them unless they gave the school access to the student’s personal healthcare information and open dialogue with her healthcare professionals.
The student’s mother started going to board meetings and Elmbrook’s Teaching and Learning Committee meetings, which she said seemed to focus entirely on helping low-income and non-white students, often advocating for the use of many of the accommodations that she claimed the district was refusing her daughter.”
The parent, in an interview on 3/24 (starts 21:25) disclosed that Elmbrook went ahead and tried to access their child's private medical records. The provider denied them, but alerted the family of Elmbrook's attempt.
As a reminder, on 3/9, the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty sent the District this letter reminding them that "All people are protected by federal and state nondiscrimination laws." Elmbrook responded on 3/10 with a defensive and divisive denial of any wrongdoing.
Additional news coverage on this issue here.
Inclusion for Elmbrook Senior Leadership Means Our Way or the Highway
A community member at the 3/8/22 board meeting pointed out that Tanya Fredrich (Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning: Student Services) was interviewed for The Inclusion Podcast on 3/8/2019 where she discussed “equitable systems” and implementing inclusion in Elmbrook.
For teachers that may disagree with 100% inclusion for 100% of the kids with IEPs (Individualized Education Programs) in our district, Tanya states that the conversation with the teacher involves telling the teacher that (at 24:17) ”it might be time for them to think about envisioning their future differently.”
This is a concerning viewpoint to community members who think that teachers that may speak up for their students are not being supported or welcomed by the administration.
Some reviews of Elmbrook from Glassdoor (pictured below) echo concerns as well about the administration.
As a reminder, in the 1/18/22 Board meeting, Linda Boucher was the only board member to vote against approving blanket contract renewals for members of the senior leadership team. All other Board members present (Jen Roskopf, Scott Wheeler, Jean Lambert & Glen Allgaier) approved bulk renewals of Senior Leadership employment contracts.
Elmbrook's Response to Criticism; Attack the Messenger
The parent became aware that in January, a male teacher invited two female students to his classroom for “lunch bunch.” The parent didn’t know his daughter was involved in this club until she came home describing the explicit music that the male teacher played for her and a friend. When the parent brought this up to the Principal, Matt Schroeder, he received a dismissive response.
Therefore, the parent spoke about this issue during the public comment section (known as Citizens' Forum) at the March Board meeting - reciting some of the lyrics played for his daughter. This finally prompted a response from the District. Unfortunately, the response wasn’t against the teacher, but against the parent by threatening to charge him with disorderly conduct.
Previous examples of Elmbrook attacking the messenger include:
- Issuing an official denial about a 5K student accessing porn on their iPad, when in fact, the District later admitted inappropriate access did happen
- Board member Jean Lambert trying to remove public comment from Board meetings after excerpts from explicit books were read to get the Board's attention to remove them
- Censoring/cessation of comments on the official Elmbrook Schools Facebook page in 2021 after the community became aware of explicit books available to children in 3rd grade and above
The Latest Scores Show That Elmbrook Academic Proficiencies Continue Their Decline
The last two Teaching and Learning Committee meetings shared the latest MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) scores for Math and English Language Arts, and those academic proficiencies continue their decline. The administration removed the original Math presentation linked above and now the new presentation removes spring proficiencies that we show below. Also, note that the latest English Language Arts scores were completely left OFF the pages of the presentation that compared them to 2018-2019. This is the opposite of the transparency the administration preaches.
The administration is also significantly reducing the information they share compared to only a year ago - take a look at what they previously shared in Winter 2021 MAP scores. These scores show declines starting from the 2015-2016 school year, so while the administration may try to spin this decline as COVID related, the bigger picture tells a different story.
As you review, acronyms used are:
SwD = students with disabilities
Low SES = Low socioeconomic status
NWEA = the organization that creates the MAP test (Measure of Academic Progress)
ELA - English Language Arts (reading, writing, vocabulary, spelling)
Elmbrook Settles Another Lawsuit; Taxpayers Pay for the District Administration's Lawlessness
The community member behind the lawsuit said, "I am grateful for [my attorney's] time, effort and expertise in explaining the law, holding the district accountable for non-compliance, and advocating for truth and transparency. These undertakings are crucial to our system of checks and balances, and absent them, our government would cease to be of the people, by the people and for the people."
In previous reporting on this case, the community member's attorney, Tom Kamenick, said, “The Court of Appeals applied the law exactly as written. Elmbrook was trying to stretch exceptions in the law far broader than they were intended to go.”
Superintendent Mark Hansen's Mask Theater
Board meetings: mask on
Real life: mask off
Bonus pic: Glen Allgaier, Mushir Hassan and the rest of the Medical Advisory Board mask free while all Elmbrook students were still required to wear masks.
At the January Board meeting
At the Brookfield Central vs. Brookfield East Girls Basketball Game
Medical Advisory Board Maskless
Elmbrook's COVID Injection Provider Pays $2 Million to Settle a Medicare/Medicaid Fraud Lawsuit
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is now reporting that Hayat Pharmacy is paying $2 Million to settle a fraud lawsuit:
"According to federal prosecutors, Hayat Pharmacy operated a two-part scheme: 'dispense and submit claims for exorbitantly priced drugs that nobody needs and/or that nobody prescribed.'"
Community members in Citizens' Forum brought up concerns previously, and the Board ignored them. Where is the accountability in the Elmbrook School District?
Announcement of Excellence in a Community Partnership awards
Board President Scott Wheeler posing with all WASB award recipients
Graduation Rates Plummet for Students Receiving Special Education Services
Elmbrook talks a lot about excellence, but when community members have been looking at the numbers, it is far from. Graduation rates for kids with IEPs (Individualized Education Programs) have gone from 95.77% in 2010 to 67.35% in 2019 (which is the most recent data from DPI).
A community member raised this to the Board on 1/18. At that meeting, Linda Boucher was the only Board member who tried to hold the administration accountable for declines in academic performance by not automatically renewing 2-year contracts for certain members of the District administration.
Glen Allgaier, Jean Lambert, Scott Wheeler and Jen Roskopf all voted to keep the same people in charge that are the architects of the academic proficiency declines for all students (see MAP data in previous post) and declining graduation rates for students with special education services. (Board members Jian Sun and Mushir Hassan were absent.)
Superintendent Mark Hansen brought in ICS for Equity in 2012 and ICS’ Special Education review in 2013 said "Elmbrook will make a strong effort to serve all students in the schools and classroom they would attend if they did not have a disability." Their intent was to close achievement gaps, and it ended ability grouping. (Further info on ICS in previous posts.)
Seeing the results, why has the administration not reversed course?
Elmbrook’s ~$950,000 Incentive to Put CDC Recommendations Before Parent Choice
Parents and community members have wondered why Elmbrook continues to push and follow CDC recommendations, despite the CDC’s loss of credibility for many Americans. As it turns out, follow the money.
As of January 6th, Elmbrook has received $945,960 in ESSR III (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funds. ESSR III funds are tied to schools following CDC guidance.
From the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) website: “LEAs (Local Educational Agencies) must submit an ESSER III plan to DPI describing the following:
- How funds will be used to implement prevention and mitigation strategies that are, to the greatest extent practicable, consistent with the most recent CDC guidelines on reopening schools, in order to continuously and safely open and operate schools for in person learning”
Instead of listening to and respecting the community they serve, Superintendent Mark Hansen and his administration have chosen to get “free” money with strings attached that burdens children, parents, teachers and the community.
ESSR Funds Shown in 1/18/22 Board Meeting, Agenda Item 5C
Elmbrook Ignores Approved COVID Thresholds
Elmbrook's first communication to parents in 2022 was the District alerting them to changes to COVID procedures.
Were these changes in line with the COVID Indicators and Thresholds the Board approved in September? No, since kids were on winter break, no absence levels could have been breached to trigger changes. Are these changes putting the focus back on education to fix multi-year declines in academic proficiencies? No.
This is a prime example of the Elmbrook administration - led by Superintendent Mark Hansen - acting contrary to what the Board has instructed them to do and not being focused on education.
Elmbrook's Communication to Parents 1
Note the misspelling of the word linchpin
Elmbrook's Communication to Parents 2
The District continues to waste time and resources focusing on healthcare, not education.
Elmbrook's Response About 5 Year Old Accessing Porn: That Didn't Happen
What is Chris Thompson from Elmbrook's response? Nope, that didn't happen, and by the way, you should pay more attention to your kids on technology.
This is very similar response to how the District handled the concerns raised by the Wisconsin Institute of Law & Liberty (WILL) in July about Elementary students accessing inappropriate books online - deny any inappropriate access occurred, despite parents having shown evidence to WILL of such access.
UPDATE: On 12/22, in the Superintendent Update email, Elmbrook admitted inappropriate content was accessed. While we appreciate the correction, they should have been honest from the start.
Additional news coverage on this issue here.
The New Buzzword for Equity: "All In For All"
Elmbrook Says They Protect Against Child Sex Trafficking While Introducing a K5 Book With Concerning Images
The Elmbrook administration continues to show their focus on image instead of being serious about doing their jobs.
At the 12/14/21 Board meeting they voted on recommendations from WASB (Wisconsin Association of School Boards) to protect children from child sex trafficking. While in the same evening, they voted on new Social Studies curriculum, where a K5 book has an adult saying “yummy” when looking at a young child in a fashion show! All books were pulled off from the vote due to community objection, but they will be coming back at a later date. The Elmbrook administration strongly supports their choice and use of this book in Social Studies curriculum.
Other explicit books brought to the Board's attention - which remain in print and digital libraries - normalize sexual behavior at young ages. This, unfortunately, grooms children for sex traffickers - the exact opposite of what Elmbrook is saying they want to protect against.
The District has a ~$100,000,000 budget annually that mostly comes from Elmbrook taxpayers - it is time for them to do their jobs.
"Child sex trafficking has become a prevalent problem in Wisconsin, with all 72 counties reporting occurrences..."
K5 Social Studies Curriculum
Note the book I'm Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem by Jamie Lee Curtis
"Pedophilia & consent issues are not a lesson in self esteem."
K5 Social Studies Curriculum
Elmbrook Plays Doctor and Ignores Explicit Library Books
Elmbrook recently hosted a clinic for 5-11 year olds to receive the COVID injection. What they failed to do is get their facts correct.
Their email says that the injection is CDC approved. This is blatantly false.
The CDC does not approve anything; they can only recommend. The FDA is the entity that approves drugs and treatments. Further, the FDA did not give the COVID injection for ages 5-11 a standard approval. It was given Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).
Speakers in multiple Citizens’ Forums have brought up safety concerns and conflicts of interest with the push for the COVID injection. When it comes to children in Elmbrook's care, shouldn't we be extra careful to do no harm?
While Elmbrook plays Doctor, they claim they don’t have the resources to remove explicit books from the library. Not only have they not removed explicit books brought to their attention months ago, additional titles from the author of Crank (which included a bloody rape scene) have shown up in Sora.
We respect the right of everyone to make their own medical decisions.
If you are interested in more information regarding adverse reactions reported from the COVID injection, scan the QR code below.
Elmbrook’s Gem at Fairview South: Parents Want to Keep It Shining
A less known resource in the Elmbrook community is Fairview South - a facility dedicated to children that do not thrive in the traditional classroom, but are able to learn meaningful life skills at Fairview thanks to the incredible staff. Fairview serves children that are medically fragile, have significant intellectual disabilities or with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The actions of the Elmbrook administration give some community members concern - recently they emailed that they would send individuals to be COVID tested at Fairview. Community members immediately recognized that sending potentially ill individuals to the same facility as medically fragile students did not make sense. Elmbrook has since moved its testing site.
Parents of students at Fairview have noticed dwindling numbers and are concerned that the District will close the facility. Changes to programming at Fairview have not been discussed with parents or the community before being implemented.
Are dwindling numbers due to the recommendations Elmbrook received in September 2013 from Elise Frattura, who is the co-founder of ICS for Equity? Frattura's executive summary says "Elmbrook will make a strong effort to serve all students in the schools and classroom they would attend if they did not have a disability."
UPDATE: Thanks to parental outcry and the community's involvement, Elmbrook is renewing Fairview South through the 2023-2024 school year.
COVID Testing Initially Scheduled at Fairview
Email sent 10/28/21
Special Education Report Executive Summary
Presented by Elise Frattura in September 2013
Recommendations for Infrastructure
"Elmbrook will make a strong effort to serve all students in the schools and classroom they would attend if they did not have a disability."
Special Education Report Executive Summary
Does ICS for Equity Teach Critical Race Theory (CRT)? Yes.
With references to specific pages in the ICS for Equity handbook, this article is a great resource to educate yourself about this company who worked with Elmbrook from 2012 -2021.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- Email all Board members saying and audit should be performed to remove all ICS teachings. One option to replace them is using FAIR (Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism) which works to create an inclusive community, but does not dehumanize one group in order to elevate another.
- Sign this petition to voice your support for Elmbrook to return to academics based on science not activism, and remove the CRT embedded in the curriculum via ICS.
At Last... An Apology for Inappropriate Library Books
In the 9/14/21 Board meeting, President Scott Wheeler finally apologized for inappropriate books. As he said, "some of the descriptions in these books are graphic, have no educational value and do not belong in any Elmbrook library."
Elmbrook made national news in July with sexually explicit material from print and digital libraries. These books instruct underage children how to get on hookup apps, discuss masturbation, oral & anal sex, and more.
On 7/13/21, the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty served Superintendent Mark Hansen this letter. REDACTED SCREENSHOTS FROM BOOKS IN QUESTION ON PAGES 5-13 OF THE LETTER.
Elmbrook's initial response in July, which they have since removed from their website, and emails to parents from Superintendent Mark Hansen acknowledged that the books in the WILL letter were removed from the collection. Yet, Mark tried to infer that these objections were anti-LGBTQ. This sort of deflection of the issue and sowing division is exactly the sort of behavior we have seen repeatedly from senior members of the administration.
In the August Board meeting, additional inappropriate content was raised which included drug abuse and bloody rape.
- Speak is available as an audio book on Sora to 6th graders (10 year olds) and depicts graphic rape. Excerpts were read in Citizens' Forum (starting at 11:05).
- Crank is available as an audio book on Sora to 9th graders (14 year olds) and depicts drug abuse and bloody rape. If you need an idea of exactly how inappropriate this book is, listen to excerpts read (at 17 minute mark of video) at an Indiana school board meeting.
- The Infinite Moment of Us, is available in print at both high schools (14 year olds) and depicts explicit sex.
Also: In early 2021, Elmbrook was caught exposing students to unapproved sex discussions without parental consent.
Additional coverage in March 2022 about Elmbrook's explicit material is included here.
Available on Sora - 6th grade and above
Available on Sora - 9th grade and above
The Infinite Moment of Us
Available in print - 9th grade and above
The ICS for Equity Playbook: Subversion and Lies
The MacIver Institute
MacIver Newsmakers: Integrated Comprehensive Systems for Equity by The MacIver Institute
Elmbrook Speaks Out
Items raised included, but were not limited to:
- 26:57 - Censoring/cessation of comments on the official Elmbrook Schools Facebook page
- 18:30 - The Board complaining about public comments/emails and bullying from the administration
- 54:17 - The hypocrisy with the mask lawsuit and their legal filing that the pandemic is over and they will not mandate masks again (contrary to what their plan said)
- 1:03:04 - Discrimination against people of color with teacher testing and visitor masking as a roadblock to transparency in schools
Equity Not Equality Push from the Administration
Under the equity umbrella, the administration has ushered in divisive and racist teachings (often referred to as Critical Race Theory or CRT) through its partnership with ICS.
Chris Thompson, Chief Strategy Officer for Elmbrook, told the Journal Sentinel on 5/28/21 via email, "We do not teach Critical Race Theory to our students nor train our staff on its tenets."
Yet, in the May 2021 Listening Session, the Board heard that CRT was referenced on 11/23/20 DEI Workgroup notes (which have now been made private) and the community has continued to notice examples of CRT in the schools and Board documents, often disguised under "Equity."
Shown in the 7/22/21 Finance and Operations meeting, the District paid $5,000 for Part 2 of professional development on April 30th, 2021 by ICS Equity Institute. Transaction is viewable on page 6 on the May 2021 check register.
In March 2022, Elmbrook was highlighted nationally with a dive into our DEI Workgroup, teacher training and other district documents relating to equity.
Image Used in a Brookfield East Classroom Spring 2021
This presents that all people of color are victims and that white people have all advantages and no hardships.
Recommended Reading from ICS
ICS heavily promotes teaching towards "identities" which is race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. This is a far cry from MLK's goal of judging people based on the content of their character. Full recommended reading list was publicly available here but supporting materials from all the DEI workgroups have subsequently been made private.
Slide Used in ENN Workgroup October 2020
Note, the Equity workgroup's name keeps changing - first it was the Equity Non-Negotiables (ENN), then Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and in July Board docs it was referred to as Equity Principles (EP). Full presentation that includes this slide available here.