On Thursday, Nov. 18, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu criticized a conservative group for offering a $500 reward to the first person to discover a public school teacher who violates the state’s new restrictions on discussing systemic racism and other themes.
“The Governor condemns the tweet referencing ‘bounties,’ and any sort of financial incentive is wholly inappropriate, and has no place,'” the governor’s representative Ben Vihstadt said.
As the Associated Press reported, Sununu had previously attempted to stop students from discussing “divisive concepts” in classrooms.
He later backed the prohibition of teaching children that they are inferior, racist, sexist, or oppressive by race, gender, or other features.
The California Department of Education launched a website to gather complaints against teachers.
“We’ve got $500 for the person that first successfully catches a public school teacher breaking this law”, the New Hampshire chapter of Moms for Liberty wrote in a tweet.
Meanwhile, when asked about the tweets, Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut replied, “I would encourage people to be very careful on social media,” then, “there’s a lot of rhetoric on social media that is not helpful or constructive.”
The new reporting method, according to Edelblut, does not protect teachers because it offers a fair and impartial procedure for settling grievances.
Edelblut has been chastised by Deb Howes, president of the American Federation of Teachers in New Hampshire, for initiating a “war on teachers.”
“Our state is at a turning point. Do we allow these attacks to continue to drive good, caring teachers and administrators away from our schools? Do we value our schools as the community assets they are, or are they merely the Commissioner’s political punching bags?” Howes said in a statement.
Republicans portrayed the legislation as an effort to tighten anti-discrimination rules.
But Democrats say that action will prevent implicit bias, structural racism, and sexism from being taught in schools.
Although the Department of Education has made the report form available online, complaints will be sent directly to the state Human Rights Commission, dismissed, or investigated further.