Dear PCPs, neighbors, parents, friends,
As hopefully, you know by now two of Grants Pass teachers Rachel Damiano and Katie Medart are currently on paid leave, but that could all change this Thursday when the School Board takes a vote to permanently terminate them. You can read the entire story at this link. https://jocogop.org/rachel-katie/
We need your support 100 people are a nuisance, 300 people can get the school board’s attention, and 3000 people cannot be ignored? We will have “Support Rachel and Katie signs, please bring your own sign if you can. “We support Katie & Rachel + First Amendment.”
Doors will open to the public at 2:30 p.m. this Thursday, July 15th at 830 NE 9TH St. Grants Pass High School. If you can enter the Library please do (there will be a fire marshal to set a limit on numbers in the library), also no signs in the library. If there is not enough room in the library we will see you outside the front of the school.
WE REALLY NEED YOU – PLEASE INVITE 10 OF YOUR FRIENDS AND ASK THEM TO INVITE 10 OF THEIR FRIENDS…..YOU SEE HOW THIS WORKS……..WE NEED NUMBERS.
Superintendent Kolb’s recommendation to terminate the employment of Katie Medart and Rachel Damiano is wrong.
District 7 is censoring certain viewpoints and allowing others, in violation of the First Amendment. In fact, District 7 recently amended a policy to specifically allow BLM propaganda to be displayed in classrooms, a move that is very controversial among parents and other community members.
Katie and Rachel are advocates for “reasonable, loving and tolerable solutions for education policies that respect everyone’s rights.” These are exactly the kind of teacher we want to have for our children.
PLEASE SIGN THE FOLLOWING 3 DOCUMENTS ASAP
Here are some talking points:
Nature of Complaint
*I have reviewed and considered the information regarding Superintendent Kolb’s recommendation to terminate the employment of Katie Medart and Rachel Damiano. I am strongly opposed.
*District 7 is censoring certain viewpoints and allowing others, in violation of the First Amendment. In fact, District 7 recently amended a policy to specifically allow BLM propaganda to be displayed in classrooms, a move that is very controversial among parents and other community members.
*Katie and Rachel are advocates for “reasonable, loving and tolerable solutions for education policies that respect everyone’s rights.” This is exactly the kind of teacher that I want to have for my child.
Who should we talk to and what evidence should we consider?
*I listened to Katie on KAJO speak about transgender issues and she is a caring teacher who is trying to find solutions to a sensitive issue facing educators. I don’t understand why administrators and other staff in the district would target Katie and Rachel for sharing personal opinions. We do have a constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech.
*If Mr. Kolb recommends termination for Katie and Rachel due to breaking school policy, then he must seek to investigate and terminate all teachers and staff who have broken school policy. It is evident that disciplinary procedures are not followed in a fair and consistent manner.
*The recommendation for termination is extreme on the scale of disciplinary actions. Katie and Rachel may deserve a verbal or written reprimand for breaking policy, but no reasonable and objective person would jump straight to the termination. This punishment is purely ideological.
*The IResolve movement is not a controversial speech, nor is it political. There is no case for District 7 to call this speech controversial.
*District 7 says that BLM is not political or controversial. They have allowed teachers to post BLM posters in classrooms. BLM Inc. is an admittedly Marxist organization that sows discord and spreads hate. Yet District 7 will not allow speech that attempts to solve a sensitive problem in a loving and caring way. It’s hypocritical, to say the least.
*The school board must vote against this unfair and unreasonable attempt to terminate the employment of Katie and Rachel. Katie and Rachel must be taken off suspension and reinstated in their positions immediately. They should also receive apologies from Principal Blanchard and Superintendent Kolb for the unfair and horrible treatment that they have received.
See bottom of this post for links to accompanying story and documents.
CALL TO ACTION
The school board will hold two special meetings on Thursday, July 15, to consider if the employment of the educators should be terminated, which is the recommendation of Superintendent Kirk Kolb.
100 people are a nuisance, 300 people get their attention, and 3000 people cannot be ignored! We need you!! Support Katie, Rachel, and Free Speech on July 15th at 3 pm at the Grants Pass High School in front of the library at 830 NE 9th St.).
Kat Stone wrote 6/4
Josephine County, Ore — Josephine County Commissioners voiced their support for two middle school teachers who were put on administrative leave by the Grants Pass School District while it investigates controversial comments they made opposing state and federal legislation against LGBTQ discrimination in schools.
“These employees never claimed that their message was sponsored by the Grants Pass School District 7, which leaves us pondering why they would be disciplined or under investigation for having an opinion, however controversial,” a letter from the board of commissioners reads. “We cannot think of a more American process than being proactive and helping create commonsense solutions to mitigate a sensitive issue in which you have daily practical experience.”
Assistant Principal at North Middle School in Grants Pass, Rachel Damiano, and 7th Grade teacher Katie Medart created a website and posted a video on social media to generate support for a petition or mock resolution they wrote called ‘I Resolve.’
The premise of their stance against the LGBTQ legislation is that they believe students should be required to use “anatomically-correct,” bathrooms unless individual “gender-neutral” bathrooms are built. They also oppose legislation that would require teachers to use students’ preferred pronouns.
“A student may, with parent permission, request to be referred to with preferred pronouns, but it will not be mandated that students or staff be required to use the preferred pronouns,” their petition/ mock resolution reads.
Their stance targets the Federal House Resolution known as the Equity Act which would add LGBTQ protections to existing civil rights law thus requiring desegregation laws such as those applying to public facilities and public education to include “sexual orientation and gender identity.” The Bill passed the US House but faces challenges in the Senate.
The ‘I resolve’ statement also appears to take issue with Oregon Senate Bill 52 which would require the Oregon Department of Education to “develop and implement statewide education plan for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, intersex, asexual, nonbinary or another minority gender identity or gender orientation.”
The commissioner’s letter appears to support the teacher’s stance and the ‘I resolve’ petition, describing it as a “common sense” approach to “simplifying” LGBTQ-related issues such as the use of pronouns and gender designated bathrooms.
“I Resolve transfers the issue from gender identity to anatomy trying to make it simpler for educators and staff of school districts to support students who are navigating their gender identity,” the commissioners’ letter reads. “Isn’t this what we want from our educators? To face new challenges with reasonable and fair standards that help safeguard the liberties and freedoms of all parties involved.”
Commissioners called the district’s actions a violation of the first amendment.
“We stand shoulder to shoulder with these educators and their right to free speech during the formation of laws to ensure a balanced education for students in their care,” the letter reads.
Bill Meyer’s response to Rachel & Katie story: Superintendent Kirk Kolb of Grants Pass School District 7 recommends firing N. Middle School Assistant Principal Rachel Damiano and 7th-grade teacher Katie Medart over violating the district’s policy – which REALLY means expressing their lack of enthusiasm for a piece of state LGBTQ+ gender identity & pronouns, bathrooms agenda legislation. Yep, the super prog bullies are currently running our delusional gov “education” system. Shame on Kolb and the board if they essentially beat down a couple of educators with more common sense and SCIENCE backing their opinion than 99% of the state’s so-called “educators”. The board will make its decision next month. BTW, Damiano and Medart are suing the district, and I for one hope they clean its clock. THIS is the time, GPSD7 parents, to speak up…and LOUDLY. This prog agenda is a cancer in the educational system, if not the entire government.