RANDOLPH, N.J. (ChurchMilitant.com) - The fight against Marxist orthodoxy in public schools is kicking off in historically blue states as schools in both New Jersey and California encounter ongoing pressure to expel leftism.
The Randolph, New Jersey school board on Monday backed down from its vote to remove holidays, including Columbus Day, from the school calendar — voting 8–1 to reinstate the old calendar after hundreds of angry Italian Americans and parents called for the board's resignation.
One speaker was state Sen. Anthony Bucco, who represents Randolph in New Jersey's 25th District.
Bucco weighed in: "To eliminate [Columbus Day] from the calendar, that was bad enough, but when you took the next step to eliminate all holidays, you allowed your pursuit of diversity to spiral into division."
But board member Susan DeVito scowled at the language used in the meeting.
"Let's call a spade a spade," charged DeVito. "If this was truly about Italian heritage with no other issues tied in, we would have not have been called Marxists, communists, racists."
The board's negativity, however, didn't stop parents from airing their grievances before the vote. Tracy McGuire, mother of two sons in the local high school, exclaimed the board was acting politically, asserting "some people on the board have their own personal agenda."
In California, a similar battle is taking place against Marxist critical race theory (CRT). The Paso Robles Joint Unified School District's board on Tuesday night will consider expelling the anti-white curricula from its schools.
The board explained its resolution: "Critical race theory is a divisive ideology that assigns moral fault to individuals solely on the basis of an individual’s race and, therefore, is itself a racist ideology."
If the board votes to approve Tuesday's resolution, it will need a second vote July 13. The measure would ban its schools from teaching:
Both California and New Jersey are Democratic strongholds. Meanwhile, Republican states are ahead of the curve when it comes to fighting cultural Marxism in public schools. Several red states have already signed legislation against it.
They include states like Idaho, which first banned it in April; Oklahoma, which banned it in May; Texas, which banned certain types of CRT in June; and Florida, after the state Board of Education banned it June 10 with heavy backing from Catholic governor Ron DeSantis.
Some school boards in blue states, nevertheless, are defying the wishes of leftist faculty and Democrat state governments — joining the fight against Marxism in public schools.
This development leaves the ideology's future in American public education murky — as it seems locals have had enough.