Education

Cady faces ‘Conflict of Interest’ complaint tonight

by Guy Page

The Essex Westford School District Board will hold a special meeting via Zoom on 6:30 pm Monday, May 17 to discuss a Conflict of Interest complaint brought against School Board Member Liz Cady because she questions the district’s ‘racial equity’ program.

If found in conflict of interest, Cady could be censured by the Board “and subjected to such other action as may be allowed by law,” school board policy says.

Cady denies any conflict of interest. She insists she was elected by parents to ask tough questions to the school district. The May 6 complaint by Laura Taylor and Emily Franz says in part:

“Ms. Cady has made it clear that she does not believe in the district’s equity work, and that she is actively encouraging others to join her in this crusade, which she has made political through this post on a conservative website……This flagrant policy breach demonstrates what is apparent to many of us: EWSD School Board Member Liz Cady has a personal agenda that is not in the best interests of our schools, our students, or our community. We are both strong supporters of the EWSD and its work on equity and inclusion. We feel that each and every member of the School Board should be as well.”

The complaint seems to suggest that having a difference of opinion on board policy represents a ‘conflict of interest.’ The complaint does not list the home addresses, work status, or political/civic affiliations of either Taylor or Franz, so it’s impossible to know if they themselves have any differences with any Essex school district policies and therefore also have a ‘conflict of interest’ as they define the term for Cady.

Cady denies any conflict of interest. She insists she the voters who elected her want her to ask tough questions about school district policy. “It’s up to the people to make it known that they don’t want their voices suppressed, which means allowing me to ask the questions that they want answered.”

She has support from the Essex community. For example, one parent wrote to the school board:

“Elizabeth Cady was voted into this position; clearly indicating that a majority of town residents are behind her and not in support of Critical Race Theory being incorporated into our schools (at all levels). We, and many others, appreciate her speaking up against this and inquiring about curriculum, on our behalf. Surely the board isn’t pursuing this complaint; to do so would imply the board is in agreement with the statement – that every board member must be of the same opinion, or they aren’t welcome? She’s doing exactly what we all voted her in to do; I would hope the board would be receptive to another perspective on the subject, especially one the community feels so strongly about.”

See Essex conflict of interest policy here. To participate in the Zoom meeting, attendees must click this link to register in advance.

An example of racial equity materials used in Essex schools, as shared to Liz Cady by a student

Editor’s note: the complaint also makes an inaccurate statement against Cady: that she described herself as ‘uppity.’ A May 4 commentary clearly carries my byline and the headline “Uppity Women Unite!” Here’s what really happened: inspired by the example of Cady and freshman lawmaker Samantha Lefebvre in their respective battles for fair, Constitutional government over entrenched political power, I borrowed a popular expression from the early feminist movement. Cady did not use or even know about the story’s use of the “uppity women” expression. The headline was meant as a compliment, but apparently Franz and Taylor didn’t get it. They also should have known she didn’t write it: the editor, not the subject of the story, writes the headline.

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  1. This is all so unbelievable that even Vermont – the state that once hailed its “independent thinker” status, supposedly embraced DIVERSITY, and once mightily engaged in the “Question Authority” movement of the mid century social rebellion is engaged in abject censorship, arresting those who exercise their first & second amendment rights & is loathsome of those who STILL question “authority”!

    We MUST unite to conquer this abolition of our free society. Go Cady!!! You have at least ONE THIRD of tough Vermonters all behind you!!!

  2. “Equity” has become a “buzzword”. The trend at this time is to express in nouns. Ms. Cady is advancing an outcome that will provide “equitability”, equality.
    The “conflict of interest” accusation implies an outside, separate agenda. Ms. Cady may attract others who are in alignment with her stance. She might even, arguably, come to capitalize on it. Nevertheless she is raising a legitimate issue which challenges the premise of the accusation itself.
    What is the definition of the “equity” that these people claim she is seeking to disrupt?
    She seems to be promoting resources for those who need them, not based on other considerations.

  3. What “conflict of interest”? Ms. Cady is right-on in the pursuit of asking the questions that the people who voted for her want her to do. The people are taxpayers into the school system and most, but not all, have children who attend that school. All the parents, taxpayers have a right to dictate to the school board and the school in what is correct and proper for the school to be teaching their children, next generation of leaders for America. Schools should only concentrate on teaching academics not the socialist, marxist ideologies created to hate capitalism and America. The “equity” and “critical race theory” agenda is against America and it’s values, it teaches children to hate their country. Every parent, grandparent, aunt and uncle has a definite right to stand up to this kind of “war” against our society and our children, our future leaders of America.

    We ALL have your back Ms. Cady! We want Freedom for our children, we want them to enjoy the America we did, we want them to be able to have and live the “American Dream”!

  4. Congratulation to Elizabeth Cady’s courage and endless gratitude to Guy Page and John Klar, I shiver thinking that Vermonters would be absolutely unaware of the ideological battle happening in one of our school districts if it was not for the Vermont Daily Chronicle or John . Elizabeth would be battling alone in the dark recesses of school board meetings .School funding is one of Vermont taxpayers largest burden . Before the school officials decide to institute a poorly known, radical and unfounded theory in the school curriculum , Vermonters should have the opportunity to be exposed to and to vote on the implementation of such a educational tool.

  5. :Congratulation to Elizabeth Cady’s courage and endless gratitude to Guy Page and John Klar, I shiver thinking that Vermonters would be absolutely unaware of the ideological battle happening in one of our school districts if it was not for the Vermont Daily Chronicle or John . Elizabeth would be battling alone in the dark recesses of school board meetings .School funding is one of Vermont taxpayers’s largest burdens . Before the school officials decide to institute a poorly known, radical and unfounded theory in the school curriculum , Vermonters should have the opportunity to be exposed to and to vote on the implementation of such an educational tool.

  6. It is my opinion that this Critical Race theory is in direct conflict with our Declaration of Independence, That all men are created equal. Making people define themselves by their race or gender subverts the notion of all people being equal under the law. I for one do not want my grandchildren indoctrinated with this toxic notion. I hope that Elizabeth Cady keeps up the fight as I think that many of her neighbors agree with her.

    • ..what makes you so sure, i raised my children in this school district. Jefferson was a slave holder… and the declaration that all men are created equal negates the fact that race was an introduction by rich white settlers, so people of color could be used as slaves. The notion of race did not exist before. This is a well documented fact. “The concept of race as a rough division of anatomically modern humans (Homo sapiens) has a complicated history. The word race itself is modern and was used in the sense of “nation, ethnic group” during the 16th to 19th centuries and acquired its modern meaning in the field of physical anthropology only from the mid-19th century. With the rise of modern genetics, the concept of distinct human races in a biological sense has become obsolete. In 2019, the American Association of Physical Anthropologists stated: “The belief in ‘races’ as natural aspects of human biology, and the structures of inequality (racism) that emerge from such beliefs, are among the most damaging elements in the human experience both today and in the past.”[1]

      • Next time you post a comment, make it your own, and don’t use Wikipedia:

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_race_concepts (first paragraph)

        “The belief in ‘races’ as natural aspects of human biology, and the structures of inequality (racism) that emerge from such beliefs, are among the most damaging elements in the human experience both today and in the past.”[1]

      • The false premise.
        If…. “The belief in ‘races’ as natural aspects of human biology, and the structures of inequality (racism) that emerge from such beliefs, are among the most damaging elements in the human experience both today and in the past”, isn’t the precept of ‘racial justice’, as promoted in Critical Race Theory, an oxymoron?

        “Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster… for when you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” ― Friedrich W. Nietzsche

  7. Liz Cady is a rock star! She’s got all of the liberals after her now for daring to represent the people who elected her to the school board. Is this what inclusion means in the State of Vermont? I don’t think that the left will be able to shout down this lady. Hang tough Liz! We have you back!

  8. The definition of equity is: “the quality of being fair and impartial.”
    The definition of inclusion is: “the action or state of including or of being included within a group or structure.”

    “We are both strong supporters of the EWSD and its work on equity and inclusion”

    How can you be fair and impartial and be including within a group if you have only one viewpoint? Do they not see the irony in what they are saying?

    These types of people have cropped up in every corner of our society. Telling us that they are being equitable when in fact all they are doing is silencing voices and trampling other rights. I’ve seen it at my workplace, I see it on TV, I see it in our legislature. At what point do we say enough?

  9. The conflict of interest accusation by Laura Taylor and Emily Franz is about fear. Certainly they know there is no conflict of interest with Liz Cady representing her constituents, the accusation is laughable. They are absolutely terrified that Cady will bring the truth to light; that the average citizen is not on board with the race curriculum being forced on their children. Taylor and Franz know the indoctrination agenda they promote cannot withstand the scrutiny of reason and fact, so they see their only option being the persecution of Cady. The reprehensible conduct of Taylor and Franz is a study in intolerance and intimidation, and shows that tyranny starts at the neighborhood level. We used to live in a country where differing viewpoints were honored and respected. Now a differing view on something as critical as the education of children gets you persecuted by your neighbors.

  10. Well attention is mounting on the CRT movement finally! Power to Cady and the member of the community who stepped up to support the constitutionality of the process for which Cady was chosen to do. Perfect example also of the type of assignment our children are given. Mind control comes in so many shapes and sizes and since it may be a wash to try and save such a great number of the citizenry here in Vermont – it should be first and foremost to save these young minds from the likes of complainants Frick and Frack.

  11. No, a thousand times NO to Critical Racist Theory. We need NO Marxist undermining or mind control in our schools. Already it has turned many universities and high schools into people who are not tolerant and unless you agree with them, are violent, nasty and repressive. Enough is enough. NO CRT.

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