Parents are angry. They’re angry about COVID closures, transgender ideology, and “critical race theory.” They’re standing up and making their voices heard at school board meetings across the country, the media is taking notice, and I love it.

This is self-governance in action, and I can’t help highlighting a few of these brave moms and dads who are fighting for their children’s future.

A mom in Loudoun, County, Virginia (a super liberal place, by the way), stood up in a school board meeting recently to slam the board for their suspension of a teacher for his comments about gender.

“Where is your regard for our freedom of speech?” asked parent Rachel Pisani, who said she was a mother of three in Loudoun County. “When I saw a teacher express an opinion and suspended for expressing his religious beliefs, I could no longer stay silent. When did it become acceptable to be tolerant only when someone expresses a view that we agree with? When did it become appropriate to silence those that hold Christian, biblical views just because you don’t? When did it become appropriate to allow the school board – I don’t know who you think you are – but it is not appropriate, it is not allowable to silence, bully, or dismiss our views.”  

Another mom, who said she escaped the brutal Communist Chinese regime of Mao Tse-Tung, went after the same school board for promoting “critical race theory.”

“I’ve been very alarmed by what’s going on in our schools. You are now training our children to be social justice warriors and to loathe our country and our history,” she said. “Growing up in Mao’s China, all of this seems very familiar. The Communist regime used the same critical theory to divide people; the only difference is they used class instead of race.”

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In New Jersey, parents forced a school superintendent to resign after he refused to make masks optional in his district. Parents told the school board that they wanted to do away with the mask mandate entirely, and they voiced their opinion on surveys and at school board meetings.

“[Former superintendent] Dr. Marciante stated that he would follow Executive Order 175, which provided stipulations for mask removal in extreme heat,” the school district’s assistant superintendent, Nicole Santora, said in a statement on the district’s website.

“Upon Dr. Marciante’s recommendation, in an effort to give the community what the majority had voted for on the survey, the Board of Education placed Dr. Marciante on administrative leave effective immediately,” Santora stated.

In New York City, parents fought back after a woke principle decided to do away with advanced math classes.

“This is all in the name of equity. And it’s likely coming from above, but it’s misguided,” Maggie Feurtado told the New York Post. Fuertado was a long-time teacher of one of the advanced math classes at the school. “Having everyone in the same class hurts everybody.”

After significant backlash from parents, the district announced it was putting its plans “on pause.”

“We will be holding community meetings where parents and educators can hear from one another, and school leadership can collect feedback,” they said.

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I could do this all day, but I’ll leave you with one more.

In Southlake, Texas, an affluent suburb of Fort Worth, parents united to elected two school board members who opposed the district’s “cultural competence action plan.”

The plan would have required students to undergo “cultural sensitivity training,” evaluated teachers for “cultural competence,” instituted student-lead bias self-assessments, and created a database to “document microaggressions and discriminatory behaviors in the discipline offense history for students,” according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Parents voted for the candidates who opposed this plan by wider margins than they voted for Donald Trump in 2020, and the plan was never implemented.

Bravo to these parents, and bravo to all parents who aren’t afraid to stand up and fight for their children’s education and the future of this country. That’s true self-governance in action, and it’s why we should do everything we can to empower local communities rather than the federal government.

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.