Opinion

LILLEY: Hunterdon Teachers Decry Superintendent’s Decision to Cancel Learning For a Drag Queen Show

A friendly teacher sent Sunlight a copy of a letter written by a reportedly “large group” of Hunterdon Central Regional High School teachers (here’s the Hunterdon teacher letter ) criticizing their superintendent for the way a school-sponsored drag show was handled and the resulting loss in instructional time.  Sunlight asks whether these teachers have a voice in today’s ultra-progressive NJEA.  

To their great credit, the teachers are “deeply concerned about COVID-related learning losses that many of our students are experiencing.”  In addition to missed instructional time for state-mandated tests and pep rallies, the teachers express their “frustration” when passes were given to students to leave class early to participate in the drag show.

They ask if it’s “equitable” for students to be prohibited from attending sporting events as punishment for an alleged act of racism, but are allowed to attend the drag show the very same day.  The superintendent’s decision “created significant confusion, division and resentment between students.”

Finally, the teacher ask about transparency.  Were parents informed that their children would be missing instructional time to prepare for a drag show?  Was the professional drag performer paid?

Apparently, these teachers feared for their jobs if they spoke out by name, but they have asked that their letter be read at the November 21 school board meeting.

As Sunlight has detailed, the NJEA has become ultra-progressive in cultural matters.  It has trained teachers to become activists to push for truly radical eduction policies in local school districts.  And, as detailed by NJEdReport, the NJEA featured “Drag Queen Story Telling” at the NJEA convention last week.

But not all teachers support this focus on extraneous cultural matters over instruction, especially in light of the severe pandemic-related learning loss.  Do these teachers have  voice in today’s NJEA?

Michael Lilley, Sunlight Policy Center

Recent Posts

ANALYSIS: If You Ever Needed More Proof That Asbury Park is Impervious to Improvement, Here It Is

Today the Star-Ledger’s Tom Moran interviews a man he calls “the most influential man you…

2 days ago

Breaking the Stigma and Gaining Understanding Around Special Education Services

These contributors are KIPP NJ educators, staff members, and parents in Camden and Newark. Across…

2 days ago

Three Cheers for the New Jersey Department of Education!

News broke yesterday that the Murphy Administration’s Department of Education granted approval for 11 high-performing…

2 days ago

VIDEO: Newark Families Demand to Be Heard on School Board’s Secret Negotiations With Superintendent

NJER TV’s new video examines the outrage of Newark families who have been gaslighted and…

3 days ago

LILLEY: Hot Water For NJEA President/Montclair Mayor/2025 Gubernatorial Hopeful Sean Spiller

NJEA President/Montclair Mayor/2025 gubernatorial hopeful Sean Spiller again finds himself in hot water, as explained…

3 days ago

JerseyCAN’s Paula White: Today the Murphy Administration Did the Right Thing

The New Jersey Public Charter School Association announced this morning that the New Jersey Department…

3 days ago