Franklin Public Schools refuses to address concerns about a teacher’s questionable methods

As important as bias on college campuses is, it’s only one piece of the puzzle. Much of the problem goes back much further, to K–12 schools, where only 27 percent of teachers identify as Republicansaccording to a national survey by the Education Week Research Center. Not only are K–12 teachers more likely to vote for Democrats and favor left-wing causes, socialist ideas permeate nearly every aspect of government-run schools. 

Most children no longer extensively read the literary classics, which include a wealth of resources, and many high schoolers spend little time enrolled in civics or history courses compared to classes that focus on mathematics, science, or technology. And when they are in history classrooms, they are often bombarded with left-wing historical revisionism that turns American heroes like George Washington into racist moral monsters.

And these examples are just the subtle forms for educational socialism. In many public schools, teachers are outright hostile to conservative ideas and openly embrace radical left-wing positions like single-payer health care.
—Justin Haskins, January 28, 2019. Haskins is the executive editor and a research fellow at The Heartland Institute and the editor-in-chief of StoppingSocialism.com.

Since April many Franklin residents have contacted Franklin Public Schools (FPS) officials with concerns and question on various issues. The responses have not been positive. Replies to inquiries have been abrupt, lacking specific or direct answers, and not very cordial. Not helpful at all. Folks have been given the runaround and in some instances FPS officials have flat out refused to answer respectfully submitted questions. Apparently they don’t care who they work for, and who pays the freight.

Let me convey a recent experience I had beginning with an e-mail I sent to a Franklin High School business teacher, Deborah Franklin:

Date: Wed, Jun 2, 2021 at 10:35 AM
Subject: Questions about your business class
To: <deborah.franklin@franklin.k12.wi.us>

Hello.

My name is Kevin Fischer. I’ve lived in Franklin for 29 years. My daughter is a student at Forest Park Middle School.

A few issues have surfaced about your business/finance class that Franklin parents are aware of.

I respectfully submit the following questions and kindly request you respond to me with your answers as soon as possible given the school year is almost over.

1) Did you require your students to watch programming produced by the CNN cable network during this school year?

2) If you did, when and how often did this take place?

3) Did you require your students to watch CNN or any news reports on the day of the US Capitol disturbances, often referred to as “riots” on January 6, 2021?

4) Please explain. What do the events that occurred at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, have to do with your instruction of business/finance?

5) It’s been said that you asked students to give their opinions about the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial. Is that true? What does that case have to do with the instruction of business/finance?

6) It’s also been said that you asked students to raise their hands if they had been vaccinated against COVID and that when nobody raised their hands you scolded them. Is that true? What happened? And what does that have to do with the instruction of business/finance?

7) Do you agree or disagree that whether your students have been vaccinated is a private medical matter?

8) Back to CNN. Do you agree or disagree that a sizeable portion of the Franklin community may consider CNN to be a left-leaning media company rather than one that is objective and therefore has no place in a classroom?

Please answer these basic direct questions with direct answers soon.

Thank you for your cooperation.

From: Franklin, Deborah <deborah.franklin@franklin.k12.wi.us>
Date: Wed, Jun 2, 2021 at 2:47 PM
Subject: Fwd: Questions about your business class
To: Vuolo, Michael <michael.vuolo@franklin.k12.wi.us>, Joey Jonas <joseph.jonas@franklin.k12.wi.us>, Brian Karolewicz <brian.karolewicz@franklin.k12.wi.us>, Jewell, Steffany <steffany.jewell@franklin.k12.wi.us>

Hello Admin, 

I received this email and its extremely disturbing and threatening. Especially since this isn’t a student at the school. Please advise on how to proceed. 

Respectfully, 

Deborah Franklin 

Hello Mr. Fischer, 

Ms. Franklin forwarded the email below from 6/2/21. I have decided it is most appropriate for me to respond. While the district appreciates your interest in the teaching methodologies in the classroom, the district does not answer specific inquiries about individual classrooms when the questions do not relate to the inquirer’s student or a classroom where the inquirer’s student is assigned throughout a given school day. Regardless, know that, if or when the district becomes aware of employees who stray from district policy for curriculum, the district takes those matters seriously and addresses them as needed. 

Mr. Joey Jonas

My response on 06/03/21

Thank you for your quick response.

Forgive me. Who are you?

And does the district consider this teacher’s behavior appropriate to the district’s curriculum?

Was it addressed? Is it being addressed? Will it be addressed?

I think all of my questions are appropriate. I am a taxpayer to the district of 29 years, and my daughter may someday be in one of Ms. Franklin’s classes.

Thank you.


06/04/21

Mr. Fischer, 

My name is Joey Jonas and I am an associate principal at Franklin High School. I work most closely with Ms. Franklin and the business department. 

As previously stated, the district does not answer specific inquiries about individual classrooms when the questions do not relate to the inquirer’s student or a classroom where the inquirer’s student is assigned throughout a given school day. Regardless, know that, if or when the district becomes aware of employees who stray from district policy for curriculum, the district takes those matters seriously and addresses them as needed. 

Joey

My response to Mr. Jonas


Your repetitious response is sad and fails to put you, Ms. Franklin, and the school district in a favorable light. Sounds like you all have something to hide and by refusing to answer appears as though you approve of this teacher’s questionable methods.

I would hope you’d want the best for all involved, including children and their taxpaying parents. Apparently not.

(End of my response)

This is how a supposed professional treats a taxpaying parent.

Mr. Jonas has yet to respond and I don’t expect he will.

And if Deborah Franklin feels threatened when a parent asks simple questions about her class, then I submit she needs to quit and find another line of work.

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