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They came for the schools : one town's fight over race and identity, and the new war for America's classrooms  Cover Image Book Book

They came for the schools : one town's fight over race and identity, and the new war for America's classrooms / Mike Hixenbaugh.


"Mike Hixenbaugh delivers the immersive and eye-opening story of Southlake, Texas, a district that seemed to offer everything parents would want for their children--small classes, dedicated teachers, financial resources, a track record of academic success, and school spirit in abundance. All this, until a series of racist incidents became public, a plan to promote inclusiveness was proposed in response--and a coordinated, well-funded conservative backlash erupted, lighting the fire of a national movement on the verge of changing the face of public schools across the country. They Came for the Schools pulls back the curtain on the powerful forces driving this crusade to ban books, rewrite curricula, limit rights for minority and LGBTQ students--and, most importantly, to win what Hixenbaugh's deeply informed reporting convinces is the holy grail among those seeking to impose biblical values on American society: school privatization, one school board and one legal battle at a time. They Came for the Schools delivers an essential take on Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis, as they demean public schools and teachers and boost the Christian right's vision. Hixenbaugh brings to light fascinating connections between this political and cultural moment and past fundamentalist campaigns to censor classroom lessons. Finally, They Came for the Schools traces the rise of a new resistance movement led by a diverse coalition of student activists, fed-up educators, and parents who are beginning to win select battles of their own: a blueprint, they hope, for gaining inclusive and civil schools for all." -- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780063307247
  • ISBN: 0063307243
  • Physical Description: viii, 277 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Mariner Books, 2024.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (page 243-264) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Part I: Suburban dreamland. Perfect City, U.S.A. -- You've got to change -- Not just a word -- Everything imploded -- Part II: Building the army. Coming to a town near you -- Existential threat -- One election away -- Blowout -- The Southlake playbook -- The parents are our clients -- Part III: So goes America. Christianity will have power -- Seven mountains -- The Florida blueprint -- I lost my son -- The Holy Grail -- It still mattered.
Subject: Education > Texas > Southlake > History.
Racism > Texas > Southlake > History.
Racism in schools > Texas > Southlake.
Anti-racism > Texas > Southlake > Public opinion.
Public schools > Political aspects > Texas > Southlake.
Educational change > Texas > Southlake.
Privatization in education > United States.
Conservatism > United States.
Genre: Informational works.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
North Kansas City Public Library 370.976 HIXENBAUGH 2024 (Text) 0001012550534 Nonfiction New Checked out 07/22/2024

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