Updated: Apr 19, 2021
New whistleblower website is working with lawyers, journalists, and parents to help bring transparency and accountability to the state's public school system.
North Carolina advocacy group Education First Alliance launched a new statewide whistleblower program called “Schoolhouse Shock” to gather information about acts of discrimination, harassment, and abuse by public school officials.
“We named our program 'Schoolhouse Shock' because it is shocking that schools have gone from being a cocoon where children could happily develop to a divisive cauldron where playing the game of identity politics reigns supreme,” said Education First Alliance’s President Sloan Rachmuth. “Parents are equally frustrated at the lack of transparency and accountability for what is being taught in North Carolina’s schools.”
Mrs. Rachmuth continued, “Our new statewide whistleblower program, Schoolhouse Shock, will add to our toolbox in the fight against the onslaught of racially inflammatory and sexualized curriculums that children are being immersed in all over North Carolina.” We want to help families end the fear and harassment coming from our public schools, but we need our community to help us fight back. We are asking whistleblowers to submit verifiable information about school wrongdoing to the Schoolhouse Shock website https://www.edfirstnc.org/news. Education First Alliance is partnering with legal organizations, investigative journalists, and advocacy groups to expose and stop abusive and racially discriminatory policies and practices in North Carolina schools. The identity of all whistleblowers will be protected.”
The Schoolhouse Shock website allows whistleblowers to upload images, videos, and documents that will help reporters and others “expose the truth” of what takes place inside classrooms.
North Carolina is the ninth largest school system in the United States, serving 1,553,334 students across the 2,695 public schools for the 2021 school year. Last month, the state’s Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson launched a Task Force called (FACTS) to monitor conditions within North Carolina classrooms. According to the Office of the Lieutenant Governor’s website,the purpose of the task force is to expose indoctrination in the classroom and to ensure that students are taught how to think - not what to think.
“We appreciate the work of the Lieutenant Governor and we believe we need even more resources to combat harassment in the classroom,” said Education First Alliance’s managing editor Savanah Pointer. "We use investigative journalism to spotlight various problems facing North Carolina’s K-12 education system – the corruption of local school board members, the misdoings of the NCAE teachers’ union, administrators’ abuse of power, and injustice in all its forms. We conduct our investigations without fear or favor.”
Education First Alliance is a North Carolina advocacy group that fights for the equality of dignity and of opportunity for all K-12 students in North Carolina’s educational system. The group was founded on January 6th, 2021 by Sloan Rachmuth, an investigative journalist and mom looking to organize parents to defend the civil rights of children and parents in North Carolina’s education system. The group has over 27K members and 27 county chapters who are engaged in grassroots activism in over 30 school districts across North Carolina.
More details about Schoolhouse Shock, including reporting information, will be released by Education First Alliance in the coming weeks. For more information, please visit www.edfirstnc.org.