Angry parents have derailed Sarasota school board meetings. Two board members tell us what's next
The meetings turned into rowdy affairs with some parents who loudly voice their opinions on the mask mandate and critical race theory.
This week, we look at the issue of public discourse at local school board meetings.
Recent Sarasota County School Board meetings have turned into rowdy affairs with some parents becoming disruptive on issues such as mask mandates and critical race theory.
Host Steve Newborn speaks to two members of that school board on this week's show.
One of them, Shirley Brown, is a longtime board member and was recently targeted by protesters who came to her home and called on her to resign.
The other, Bridget Ziegler, is a former co-founder of Moms For Liberty, an organization that advocates for “parental rights” in local public school systems. She has since left the group.
Later on, we also hear from WUSF education reporter Kerry Sheridan, who reports on the Sarasota County school district.
You can listen to Steve’s conversations with Brown, Ziegler and Sheridan by clicking on the “Listen” button. Or you can listen to the WUSF app under “Programs & Podcasts.”