The Strong Schools, Strong Communities National Movement
We want to begin this post by thanking one of our readers who suggested we further research the Strong Schools, Strong Communities national movement. (For a number of reasons, we rarely respond to the emails we receive, but we appreciate people taking the time to share news tips and ideas for posts.)
“It is not just Williamson County. It is everywhere,” this reader said. “Some items you may be interested in concern the progressive plan to turn red states blue by gaining control of smaller communities, school boards. . .They do this by migration from blue states, assisted by wealthy leftists.”
The reader added: “They are also ruthless when you oppose them.”
We felt we only scratched the surface of this movement in Part 1 and Part 2 of our “Williamson Strong and the ‘Strong School, Strong Communities’ National Movement” posts, so we decided to see what else we could find in the public domain. (We’re sure there’s much more hidden in the shadows from public view, but what we found online through a simple Internet search is intriguing.)
The Strong Schools, Strong Communities theme is indeed all over the place. For those who think Williamson Strong is just a local group of parents acting on their own, we invite you to read on.
In Saint Paul, Minnesota, the five-year Strong Schools, Strong Communities 2.0 version is well underway.
Kansas City’s Strong Schools, Strong Communities has “Master Plan Parent Meetings.”
Ohio has been another hotbed of Strong activity, led by the Ohio Education Association. A toolkit provides everything a community organizer needs to promote Strong Schools, Strong Communities locally.
There’s everything from organizing campaigns to forming a union.
(As we have previously noted, Williamson Strong co-founder Susan Drury is employed by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
Sweet Sarah Barnard, another co-founder, got a little goosey when we used screen shots in some of our posts from the Williamson Strong website, including one showing Williamson Strong’s use of the Strong Schools, Strong Communities theme.
Williamson Strong has since added “and a vibrant economy.” To avoid upsetting Ms. Barnard, instead of taking a screen shot we copied and pasted the following from an Internet search:
Williamson Strong is a non-partisan group of committed parents advocating for strong schools, strong communities, and a vibrant economy. Join us today.
Now take a look at this from the Nebraska State Education Association: “Strong Schools * Strong Communities * Strong Economy.”
Last April, Tennessee Watchdog did an enlightening article titled, “Urge to increase taxes drives Strong Schools movement, union website shows,” which also mentioned NEA’s message testing.
Locally, “strong economy” was switched to “a vibrant economy”; we actually like that better—how can anyone be against a vibrant economy, for crying out loud? We bet that tested exceedingly well, especially with the Williamson Business PAC.
Clearly, this coordinated expansion of the National Education Associations’ “Strong Schools, Strong Communities, Strong Economy” marketing messaging resonates better than “We want to raise local taxes every chance we get to fund our agenda.”
What’s less clear: Beyond raising taxes, what is the real agenda behind this national movement—whose tentacles have now reached into our community—and what is its Master Plan for Williamson County?