BECKER,MN — (04-22-22) — Two Becker school board members have resigned after major backlash for allowing a anti-LGBT presentation to be presented before the school board. The resignations of Board members Cindy Graham and Sarah Schafer come after the school board received backlash following its decision to allow the Child Protection League, a well known anti-LGBT organization listed on the Southern Poverty Law Center, to present to the board last month, just one day before Graham and Schafer announced their resignations.
Board members Cindy Graham and Sarah Schafer’s last day of service was March 15, 2022, the board announced April 4. Their original terms were scheduled to end Dec. 31, 2024.
Gender Justice, a nonprofit legal and policy advocacy organization’s Executive Director Megan Peterson focused on gender equity, wrote in a letter to Becker Public Schools Superintendent Jeremy Schmidt saying that by allowing CPL to speak before the board was “completely inexcusable exercise in poor judgment,”.
“Gender Justice is beyond troubled to hear that the Becker Public School District’s school board invited an anti-transgender and anti-gay hate group to speak at their school board meeting,” said Peterson in a letter addressed to Schmidt and the board.
Peterson added that Gender Justice would be watching the school district’s treatment of LGBT students in the years to come.
The school board accepted applications to fill the vacancies from the announcement of the resignations until April 15 and received over 20 applications.
One board applicant included Chris Klippen, a former Becker School Board member who presented with the Child Protection League back in March. Klippen was not among the applicants selected by the board Wednesday.
Eight applicants were selected at a special meeting Wednesday to be interviewed by the board next week, according to Becker High School social studies teacher and Gender and Sexuality Alliance advisor Heather Abrahamson.
JRL CHARTS LGBT Politics News reached out to Graham and Schafer for comment but they both declined.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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