I was delighted to read that the parents of schoolchildren in Vail, Arizona didn’t let their school board get away with undemocratic shenanigans.
On Tuesday, the Vail School District in southern Arizona was scheduled to discuss its mask policy after Gov. Doug Ducey enacted a new executive order that lifted the state’s order to require face masks in schools.
In response to the meeting, more than a hundred parents rallied for the Vail School District to drop the mask mandate.
But just moments before the meeting was scheduled to take place, school officials abruptly decided to cancel the meeting, citing safety concerns over the parents’ protest.
A throng of parents later pushed their way into the board room while refusing to wear masks and demanded to speak with their elected officials.
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Emotions ran high as parents confronted law enforcement, demanding to know why the board canceled the meeting. “They [school board] have the audacity to leave when we come here as peaceful parents to talk to them,” one parent passionately asked.
Following the adjournment, the parents, under Robert’s Rules of Order, voted in a new school board. Then, the new members voted to end the mask requirement in Vail Schools. Whether this procedure to install new board members is legally valid remains in contention.
But a Facebook account posted video of the meeting with this summary explaining the parents’ position:
“Vail School Board violates Arizona open meeting law, refuse to hear from the people, and goes home. So, the People hold quorum, call their own meeting to order, elect a new School Board, and immediately vote to CANCEL the mask mandate – along with voting to disallow any medical procedure being forced on the children or employees. This is how you take back power from a tyrannical government.
Great work to the parents of the students in Vail School District.”
There’s more at the link, including a video clip.
It’s great that bureaucrats, even elected ones, were called to account for their overreach. They’re supposed to be public servants, not public masters – and the parents knew it, and acted accordingly.