Milton School Board hears parents’ concerns about equity policy proposals

MILTON, Vt. — Disgruntled parents and residents unhappy with the latest proposals for a district-wide equity policy got a chance to share their views with the Milton School Board late last week.

Allison Duquette, a local Milton resident, told the board at the Dec. 15 event that the public is not getting adequate information about the policy.

“We spoke to parents after the meeting who had not read the equity policy beforehand, and it was clear that this forum did nothing to help with their understanding — it didn’t even allow enough time to ask questions,” Duquette said. “The forum ended up being a feedback mechanism for the school.”

The forum she referenced took place earlier in the month when residents were invited to weigh in on the policy. However, no formal discussions or debates took place, raising concerns about censorship and free speech.

According to Duquette, the forum was generally one-sided.

“All in all, this forum was another way for the administration to drown out descent against this equity policy, which doesn’t seem very neutral, even though that is what we were promised,” she said.

She also suggested that there may be conflicts of interest related to the program, EM Strategies, which is headed by a sitting legislator and social justice activist.

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State Rep. Emma Mulvaney-Stanak, P/D-Burlington, is the owner and principal consultant of EMStrategies.

“In fact, EM Strategies is owned and operated by a member of the Vermont legislature and self-admitted equity activist,” she said.

State Rep. Emma Mulvaney-Stanak, P/D-Chittenden, is the owner and principal consultant of EMStrategies.

Petition against adopting the equity policy gets 1,000-plus signatures

Another resident attending the event, Nichole DeLong, said the board has received a petition with over 1,000 signatures urging the rejection of the equity policy.

“For the reasons stated, we are asking our elected school board trustees to vote to abandon the proposed equity policy at the next board meeting and terminate any further work towards an equity policy,” DeLong said.

DeLong cited U.S. Supreme Court rulings in her argument, saying parents, not school administration officials, are to be the ultimate influencers of education policy.

“The United States Congress enacted statutory laws that state parents have the primary responsibility for the education of their children. States, localities and private institutions have the primary responsibility for supporting the parental role,” she said. “We would like to remind the school board trustees, you are elected into your positions to represent the voice of Milton residents, parents and taxpayers. Therefore you work for us and not the superintendent or the administration.”

A BLM flag in the social studies room

Equity proposals aren’t the only social justice-related controversies at the school. Resident Mary Callahan spoke to the board about a BLM flag in one of the classrooms.

“We’ve been working on this for two years now,” Callahan said. “My daughter’s social studies teacher has a giant banner in his room. He refuses to take it down, he refuses to talk about it, he refuses to meet with me regarding it so that I can hear why he wants it up and why he wants to continue this war with parents.”

Callahan said the BLM organization has made controversial statements regarding social justice and policing policies. She added that promoting the group in schools is is inappropriate.

“This is causing people to get shot. This is causing a huge war between our youth in this country and law enforcement, and I just need an answer,” she said.

Michael Bielawski is a reporter for True North. Send him news tips at and follow him on Twitter @TrueNorthMikeB.

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5 thoughts on “Milton School Board hears parents’ concerns about equity policy proposals

  1. Yeah the parents have to fight the fascist or they will instill their policy of reverse racism and indoctrination. Mulvaney should not have any say what schools do and should be barred from the legislature for being a proponent of racist activity against the Vt constitution. Just another mutt confused gender lgbqrst’er who has no business deciding what’s good for your children when she don’t even have any…prog commie.

  2. Support of the equity and social justice is a requirement of the Paris Accord, written in 2009 and signed by Obama in May of 2015. The United States is now internationally legally bound to implement Equity and Social Justice. I believe there are other international treaties at play here, which the US has signed. These include the treaty on Human Rights and treaty on Children rights. All roads lead back and are connected to the UN, which includes Casel’s Social Emotional Learning. This is also being pushed by powerful NGOs to include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, world Economic Forum and UNESCO. These organizations are programming the future population using Casel’s program and SEL as well as phyco data mining children for the economical and political management of the population. Our leftist polititians that support and push these policies are facilitators of the Great Reset and UN Agenda 2030.

    • The United States is NOT legally bound to any agreement or treaty that has not been ratified by two thirds of the Senate.

      • Frank is right.
        Further, the real power is in the hands of the states..
        And guess who grants them that power- we do.
        We The People, they all work for us.

        These parents should recall every sitting school board member- get rid of them all.
        Organize and take back your power from the tyrants.
        Do this one school and one county at a time until you are back in control of your own state.
        It’s time to get serious!

  3. Great effort by the Milton parents.
    Teachers and administrators are paid by the parents, and work for families.
    Schools have no authority to twist children away from their family and community norms.

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