The Central Bucks School Board can call the new library policy anything it wants. It’s a book ban, written for no other purpose than to exclude from school shelves any books not deemed appropriate by a vocal minority of parents, a minority that is vastly over represented on the current board.
If you disagree with the new policy, or other actions this board and administration have taken, in particular those targeting LGBTQ+ students, ask yourself one question. Did you vote in the 2021 school board election? If the answer is no, then you must take some responsibility for the situation. Because voters on the far right of the political spectrum always vote.
And they do so knowing that many others will not bother if the election is not considered “important.” It’s their superpower. It’s how a small, vocal minority with an offensive agenda can take over local governments and school boards.
Voters have superpowers too, but they must go to the polls to exercise that power. Not just when a president or governor is up for election, but every time an election is held. Clearly, current events prove how important school board elections are. But are you aware that the Pennsylvania state legislature has the power to bypass a governor’s veto by presenting new legislation to the voters in the form of state constitutional amendments?
Legislators have some real gems planned for the Spring 2023 primary, including a state abortion ban and a severe restricting of the right to vote. Vote and vote in person if it’s at all possible, because they’re looking for any technical excuse to invalidate your mail-in vote. If you don’t vote, and laws are passed that you find offensive, then you’re part of the problem.
As for the new CBSD book policy, Jeannine Mitchell’s letter in the July 28 Herald explained better than I ever could why it’s a terrible idea. The current majority on the school board and the administration have shown a complete disregard for the opinions of protestors and speakers at their board meetings.
When we moved to Doylestown in 1999, the excellent school district was a major factor in our decision. If anyone asked me today if moving to the Central Bucks school district would be a good idea, my answer would be a resounding no. Standard exam scores matter less than the lack of tolerance and compassion reflected in current actions. Only voters have the power to remove the stigma of repression and prejudice that dominates the school district today.
Cathy Kunzinger Urwin, Ph.D.