Mom who says teachers’ union had ‘secret meetings’, retaliated against her has a message for parents

A Rhode Island mom, whose concern for her child’s education resulted in “secret meetings” where she was treated “like a wanted enemy of the state” before the union sued her, addressed what she believes will “break the chokehold on public education.”

(Video: Fox News)

Nicole Solas, a member of the Independent Women’s Network, is no rookie in the fight to protect children and on Sunday, she joined “Fox & Friends Weekend” to recount how her experience stands as a prime example of the importance of a Parents Bill of Rights.

Host Rachel Campos Duffy gave a quick overview of Solas’ background and how after making public records requests as to whether or not her daughter was being taught critical race theory, a June 2021 meeting left her the victim of harassment from the National Educator’s Association (NEA).

“Nicole Solas’ 200+ APRA requests have crippled our district […] by asking for detailed information like months of educators’ emails targeted on select terms,” a slide that included her image presented before 250 teachers argued. “Part of a well-coordinated effort from outside groups with outdated thinking who want to push for inaccurate lessons to fuel division…”

“They painted me like a wanted enemy of the state simply because I submitted public records requests,” the mother told Campos Duffy. “There were 250 teachers that attended where they were alerted to me being an attack on public education.”

“These people present themselves as if they are pillars of the community when, really, they look more like psychopaths zeroing in on a target.”

Two months after that secret meeting, NEA sued Solas and she cautioned that “This is happening across the country.”

“They have secret meetings about me, they have threats of lawsuits against other parents, and, in my case, they actually did sue me… all because I asked questions about public education,” the mother contended.

Now the Parents Bill of Rights is set to be introduced by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Solas spoke to that as she said, “I’m a parent that enrolled my daughter in public school for kindergarten. I had no idea that I would be treated like an adversary. I thought I had all of these rights going into public school. I thought I could ask to see the curriculum, but just asking to see the curriculum caused my school district and teachers’ union to retaliate against me, and they really tried to ruin my life.”

“The Parents Bill of Rights is something that everyone should support because all it does is say ‘You have a right to see the curriculum, you have a right to be heard, you have a right to know if there’s violence at school, you have a right to protect your child’s privacy.’ These are all common sense principles that everybody can agree on across political spectrums,” she suggested.

Solas then noted that the legislation was only one step and competition would be the true path toward the betterment of education. “School choice will break the chokehold on public education.”

“Public education, I don’t think it’s redeemable unless we have school choice because if we have school choice,” she concluded, “that will incentivize public school to improve.”


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