Newly elected school board members supported by Moms for Liberty shake up a South Carolina school board and make immediate changes to the school district.
The Berkley County School Board voted to fire county superintendent Deon Jackson shortly after David Barrow was removed as chief executive and replaced by local attorney Mac McQuillin. McQuillin had the support of parental rights group Moms for Liberty.
“I wish to move to terminate the employment of Mr. Deon Jackson, Superintendent of the Berkeley County School District, effective immediately. Do we have a second one?” McQuillin said shortly after replacing Barrow.
Board member Yvonne Bradley, one of three who voted against the termination, called the quick move “incredible”.
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“It’s incredible that things like this come up on the first night of a new board,” Bradley said. “Incredible. Unbelievable.” Several participants also left the meeting after the vote.
Jackson was replaced by Anthony Dixon, who had worked as an administrator in the district. The Board also voted to ban Critical Race Theory and set up a committee to decide whether certain books and materials should be banned from schools.
“We understand that the public wants and deserves answers regarding the termination of Mr. Jackson and Ms. Richardson, but the prospect of litigation and the fact that their termination involves personnel issues limits our ability to comment fully at this time,” McQuillin told ABC News 4 after the shakeup. “However, we expect to be able to share our arguments going forward, and we are confident that we made a decision that is in the best interests of the district and its students.”
Moms for Liberty celebrated their candidates’ first actions on Facebook on Wednesday, writing, “Berkeley County – 6 new board members clean first night on the job,” along with a picture of Jackson.
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Moms for Liberty co-founders Tina Descovich and Tiffany Justice explained to Fox News Digital why they believe school boards have witnessed such rapid national change.
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“New school board members have been elected in communities across the country because voters are tired of the status quo of failure in our public schools,” the co-founders said. “Change is long overdue. We started this year with 2022 being the year of parents and people are starting to see what that looks like. We are seeing parents championing their children in schools with a tenacity we have never seen and you should expect to see more examples of bold leadership as newly elected school board members take their seats on the boards across the country parents have decided that they will no longer sit in the shadows while school boards decide their children’s futures for them.
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As conservative groups made advocacy for parental rights an integral part of their bid for seats on school boards across the country, the issue also caused an uproar from critics who claimed their policies encouraged bigotry and censorship of classroom and library materials.