Superintendent tries to make school district ‘woke,’ resigns days after signing new $225K contract

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A “woke” school superintendent who’d tried to turn a Connecticut school district “woke” has announced his upcoming resignation from his post only one year into the job and only days after signing a two-year contract.

Ever since Rydell Harrison was hired last August to serve as the superintendent of Easton, Redding and Region 9 School Districts, he’d been trying to make the district “woke.”.

On his first day on the job, he unveiled an “equity” plan for the district.

“Equity” is a code word for equal outcomes. Whereas the equality sought by civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was about ensuring everyone is afforded the same opportunity, the “equity” sought by his radicalized contemporaries is about ensuring everyone benefits from the same outcome.

The problem with “equity” is that the only way to manifest equal outcomes is through discrimination. That’s why the supporters of “equity” are OK with discriminating against Asians and whites through affirmative action.

Strike one.

After the Jan. 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol a couple of months later, Harrison published a Facebook post essentially accusing every Trump supporter and conservative of not only being responsible for the riot but for also being a domestic terrorist and racist.

“Trump is not the only person who should take responsibility for today’s events. Please search your soul and ask if your words, your silence, actions or inactions helped in any way pave the way for Confederate flags to be waved in our nation’s capitol,” he wrote, according to local station The News-Times.

“If you re-tweeted his foolishness, shouted ‘lock her up,’ jumped on board with his sleepy Joe narrative countered with All Lives Matter, ignored the normalization of racism and sexism and co-signed unfounded conspiracy theories or chose to stand back and stand by, don’t act surprise. You are a co-conspirator who has sided with domestic terrorism. Our young people need each one of us to do better. Decency must be the first step towards being great,” he added.

That then-Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden was often “sleepy” during the 2020 campaign isn’t a conspiracy theory. Furthermore, even deceased Minneapolis criminal suspect George Floyd’s own brother recognizes that all lives do matter:

Strike two.

Harrison’s third strike came when he recently called for students to fill out an optional “diversity, equity and inclusion survey” that some said crossed the line.

“I feel that there’s a line between what is a school responsibility and what is a parent responsibility, and as board members I feel we need to be cognizant of them and do our best not to cross it,” local school board member Mike Hoffman said at the time.

“I think surveying our 11-year-old students about gender identification and sexual orientation crosses that line — crosses it hard,” he added, according to The News-Time.

Strike three.

Last Friday, Harrison released a statement through the Easton, Redding and Region 9 Boards of Education announcing his resignation.

“I have decided to pursue opportunities outside of a traditional K-12 setting that will allow me to fully engage my passion for education and commitment to improving outcomes for all students without the heavy burdens of district administration,” he said.

Posted by Redding, CT Board of Education on Friday, June 25, 2021

According to The News-Time, his resignation came just days after he’d signed a $225,000 contract to remain with the district for two more years.

Moreover, the resignation was reportedly spurred in large part  by all the pushback Harrison had received over his obsession with so-called “equity.”

“This is and has always been an extremely difficult position, and the pandemic did not help, nor did the extremely vocal push back that he received from some corners of our community with respect to DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) work over the past several months,” Redding School Board of Education chair told The News-Time.

Harrison will however remain at the helm till September. He’ll then reportedly be starting a new position at the Connecticut Center for School Change, a “woke” “non-profit organization working to promote equity and bridge achievement gaps within schools,” according to The News-Time.

Harrison’s announcement inspired celebration by some parents who hadn’t appreciated him trying to turn the school district “woke.”

“Not surprising. The moment he posted that controversial Facebook post, he alienated half of the families. He should have kept his personal politics and strong liberal ideologies to himself,” one of his critics wrote in a Facebook post.


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