Two Illinois school board members caught on hot mic admitting Marxist, social justice ideology

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OAK PARK, IL- They’re not even trying to hide it anymore. The Blaze reports that two Roosevelt University professors, who also serve on a local school board, were caught on a hot mic recently gloating.

About some personal accomplishments? About their students’ accomplishments?

Not really.

They were bragging about how they promote Marxist ideology to their college students.

The two Illinois educators, Gina Harris and Ralph Martire were attending a virtual school board meeting in February for Oak Park and River Forest High School via Zoom, which has been a key tool for unaware dupes to get outed for how they really feel about things. The two began to discuss their “social justice” and Marxist advocacy, according to the West Cook News.

A month or two back, a school board in California was caught on a hot-mic at a Zoom meeting bad-mouthing parents who wanted their children back to in-person learning.

More recently, a teacher was overheard at a Zoom meeting basically challenging parents to “bring it” if they didn’t like her teaching methods. While virtual classrooms have proven to be a disaster for children, Zoom meetings have provided an interesting look into how some teachers really feel about students and their parents.

In the case of Harris and Martire, Harris was heard to say:

“I mean, it’s all social justice, all day, every day. I get to talk about the things I love all the time. All day [at my day classes], all night of my night classes,” she said in an apparent euphoric tone about here teaching at the university. “I’m really living the life over here.”

 

Harris apparently indoctrinates her students in a class called “middle school theory and practice” to future educators at Roosevelt, while referring to social justice as “a part of everything” and a “foundation.”

“Yeah I always flip out the kids that take my master’s class on fiscal policy and public budgets within the first three or four classes are devoted to philosophy of social justice and how you organize society. We don’t talk about one, you know, budgetary item,” added Martire, who teaches public policy and public administration at the university.”

“They’re like, ‘oh, man. Professor Martire, this is a really weird way to teach a budget,’” he said with a smile.

He then added a short time later, “If you don’t understand your values, you can’t allocate resources among public priorities that are scarce, but all needed. Right?”

At around that time, someone on the call advised the two neo-Marxists that their voices could be heard through the microphone in the high school’s auditorium.

“We’re cool with that,” Harris responded. See, they don’t care anymore? They’re down with the revolution and they’re happy to admit it.”

The Blaze said they reached out to both professors, as well as the university but had not received a reply when the article was published.

Roosevelt University on its website describes itself as “a national leader in educating socially conscious citizens for active and dedicated lives as leaders in their professions and their communities.”

Martire’s bio page notes that he serves as the executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, a progressive (surprise) think tank “committed to ensuring that state, federal and local workforce, education, fiscal, economic and budget policies are fair and just, and to promoting opportunity for all, regardless of race, ethnicity or income class.”

That “think tank” is funded by the state’s public employee unions, and advocates in the state capital for higher taxes, more debt and spending and higher government employee salaries.

Martire was appointed by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker to serve on his Budget and Innovation Committee, while formerly serving on the Equity and Excellence in Education Commission established during the Obama administration.

According to West Cook News, Harris also works as a teacher at Emerson Elementary in Maywood, Illinois and described herself as a “restorative justice practitioner and peacemaker” during her school board campaign.

Her decision to run for school board drew some unwanted (for her) attention  from the Center for Transforming Education at the Heartland Institute.

“The practice of electing not only teacher union members but retired superintendents and family members to school boards is becoming a common practice in Illinois,” said Lennie Jarratt, project manager at the group.

“And it presents a very high conflict of interest in board decisions and negotiations. Not only does it encourage above-normal pay increases and benefits, it allows corruption and nepotism to flourish.”

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OAKLEY, CA- A school board in California is finding out the hard way about the negatives of conducting business via Zoom. Now, after receiving outrage from thousands of people, the entire board has been forced to resign. 

The Washington Examiner reported Saturday that the entire board submitted their resignation Friday, with members, Kim Beede, Erica Ippolito, Richie Masadas and chairwoman Lisa Brizendine all tendered their resignations. 

The Examiner said they reached out to the board members for comment, but were unable to get a reply. The same request was made of the school district with similar results. 

A viral video showed members of an Oakley, California school board disparaging parents, which showed just how much disdain some educators have for parents, dealing with having to teach their children from home as teachers continue to enjoy full pay and benefits.

NBC news reports that at least one of the members of the school board has resigned her position after the video of the meeting, which was supposed to be private was accidentally broadcast to the public.

“They don’t know what goes on behind the scenes. It’s really unfortunate they want to pick on us because they want their babysitters back,” said President Lisa Brizendine during the Wednesday meeting of the Oakley Union Elementary School District Board of Trustees.

A video of the comments was posted to Twitter by an NBC News Bay Area reporter.

The reporter, Bigad Shabad tweeted:

“1). When officials at the Oakley Union Elem. School district thought they were meeting privately, they used profanity to insult & threaten parents upset by the district’s prolonged school closures. Here’s when they realized their mtg was being broadcast to the public. ‘Uh oh.’”

 

One trustee named Kim Beede launched into a tirade after first asking, “Are we alone?” She then went into an obscenity laced diatribe, saying:

“Bitch, if you’re going to call me out, I’m going to fuck you up. Sorry, that’s just me!” Beede complained as other board members got a chuckle out of it.

Two Illinois school board members caught on hot mic admitting Marxist, social justice ideology
Kim Beede, Oakley, CA school board member who threatens to “f*ck up” parents- YouTube screenclip

Yet another trustee, Richie Masadas also jumped in to insult parents, saying:

“My brother had a delivery service for medical marijuana and his clientele were parents with their kids at school.”

 

The superintendent of the Contra Costa County school district, Greg Hetrick spoke highly of technology in another school district that put a halt to public comments at exactly three minutes’ time, which pleased the members, with some saying, “we need that” and “good idea.”

At some point, Beede realized the meeting was still open to the public, causing her to say: “Uh-oh. We have the meeting open to the public right now.”

Brezendine then replied in her best “valley girl” voice, “Nuh-uh.”

The meeting was then switched to private.

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After getting caught disparaging parents, Brezendine resigned her position late Thursday, with Hetrick apologizing for his statement, according to NBC News Bay Area.

“Last night at the Oakley Union Elementary School District Regular Board Meeting, there were unfortunate and truly inappropriate comments made that were heard by many,” he said in a statement. “These comments are not typical and more importantly they are not what the community should expect from our school district.”

 

What Hetrick meant was those comments “are not typical” when they believe parents are listening. Clearly this type of attitude toward parents is shared among the members of the school board.

Hetrick continued:

“The comments made were not in alignment with our Vision and are definitely not what many of us stand for as leaders. I know that we lost trust with the community. I will not make excuses for what happened or why it happened. I am the superintendent. I am responsible and accountable, and I am truly sorry for what took place…I know that our students deserve better from us.”

Neither Beedie, Masadas or Brezendine responded to NBC News’ requests for comment on the incident.

The school district is located east of San Francisco and is home to around 5,000 students.

Oakley, like most public schools in Democrat-run stats continues to utilize remote learning, with teachers in many cases refusing to return to the classroom unless their sometimes ridiculous demands are met. For example in Chicago, teachers want the district to spend tens of millions of dollars upgrading the HVAC systems in the school buildings.

Last year, Law Enforcement Today reported that the Los Angeles Unified School District was demanding the city defund the police as a condition for returning to the classroom.

In a January 29 letter to parents, Hetrick told them to prepare for continuation of “full remote instruction” for the next few weeks before two more board meetings—Wednesday’s as well as another scheduled for March 10 for a discussion “on a plan for return from break.”

Parents were livid after the meeting, with a petition calling for the resignation of trustees reaching over 5,000 signatures by Friday afternoon. As of Friday evening it had soared to nearly 6,100. 

“Parents were tuned in to learn if we we’ll be sending our kids back to school soon and if not, why,” the petition started. “There has been a lack of communication from the board and this was the first communication we heard.”

“A recall would cost the district money that should be going to the kids. I am asking that the board members to resign immediately due to their egregious behavior,” the petition read. “They should no longer represent the parents, teachers, and children in this school district.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they state that vaccinating teachers isn’t a prerequisite for the safe reopening of U.S. schools, however the California Teachers Association and a number of other teacher unions want educators first vaccinated before going back to doing their jobs.

Meanwhile, the Biden administration, which spent months criticizing the former president over COVID-19 has been sending mixed messages about kids returning to the classroom. Even CNN which laid cover for Biden during the entire campaign has been questioning what the plan is.

 

Biden, Kamala Harris and White House press secretary Jen Psaki have used different messages over the past week, and the Biden administration seems hesitant to take on the teacher’s unions, who donated mega-millions to Biden’s presidential campaign, and who whom his administration appears to be beholden.

On NBC’s Today Show¸ even the softball-throwing Savannah Guthrie pressed Harris for an answer as to when children would be returning to school, a commitment Biden claimed would be within his first 100 days.

 

Now, the latest messaging that came out from Psaki last week was that students would be in school “at least one day a week,” which is far short of what most reasonable people believed the promise was.

An apparently weary Biden called a lid on his campaign on Thursday, attributing it to the ½ inch of snow that fell on the nation’s capital so there was no further clarification on the administration’s position.

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