Springboro School District Cancels Controversial Constitution Classes

Last evening, the Springboro School Board canceled two Constitution classes which had drawn protests from parents, teachers and students.  Notice of the board action was posted on a Facebook site called Springboro United for Responsible Education.

According to WHIO, school board member Jim Rigano issued a statement saying in part, “We felt that having the community participate with evaluating these courses would be an excellent opportunity for schools and community to work together. Instead, the courses have received some criticism from the community, which we take very seriously.”

Some Springboro citizens had sent an open letter to the school board and created a petition at Change.org.

Yesterday, I reported here on Institute on the Constitution’s ties to white supremacist group League of the South.

While the cancellation is a step in the right direction, I am confident that parents and community groups will continue to press for answers to questions about why the IOTC was considered a viable resource.

Below is the entire press release:

Springboro Community City Schools News Release 

For Immediate Release

July 3, 2013

CONSTITUTION COURSES CANCELLED

SPRINGBORO- Springboro Community Schools has cancelled two community education courses on the U.S. Constitution originally scheduled for this summer.

“We felt that having the community participate with evaluating these courses would be an excellent opportunity for schools and community to work together.  Instead, the courses have received some criticism from the

community, which we take very seriously,” said Jim Rigano, Board of Education Vice President.  “We wanted to allow time for additional review to fully investigate community concerns.”

The two courses were a 12-week course by the Institute on the Constitution scheduled to run from July 9 through September 24, and a one day seminar by the National Center for Constitutional Studies.

Anyone currently registered for the 12-week course by the Institute on the Constitution should contact instructor Ricki Pepin at 937-322-3149 for a refund or other information. Those who registered for the seminar with the National Center for Constitutional Studies through Springboro Schools will receive a refund.

This is now on the district website.

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  • James Ferguson

    Nice to see that community action still works!

  • James Ferguson

    Nice to see that community action still works!

  • David Berry

    This is the first good news out of the Springboro School Board this year.

  • Eric

    questions about why the IOTC was considered a viable resource

    IotC has a following among tea party and related groups in this region. Again, you’re vetting by “provenance,” not “merit.” It’s a good deal of detective work (and out-of-field reading for most) to spot the flaws in IotC materials. The folks involved don’t fact-check Paul Harvey either (cf: fate of signers of Declaration of Independence on Snopes).

    In comparison, flaws in the ACLU’s letter to Springboro are easy to spot–including citing the wrong web page. Here’s the page the page ACLU apparently meant; I don’t see it as problematic as, say, using public schools to promote East German values.

    http://www.nccs.net/articles/ril16.html

    Here’s the ACLU’s letter:

    http://www.acluohio.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/2013_0523LetterToSpringboroBoardOfEducationReEstablishmentClause.pdf

    In 2009 David Souter called the state of civics education “dangerous.” Three years later he remarked, “We have serious work to do, and it’s serious work that’s being neglected right now.”

    Why make the Springboro episode about IotC when we need to discuss education for competent American citizenship?


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