Pennsylvania school board member tells parents 'I don't work for you'

Posted 114 days ago


One Pennsylvania school board member has a message for parents: "No, I don't work for you."

York Suburban School District school board member Richard Robinson wrote an op-ed in the York Dispatch explaining his claim.

Robinson wrote that local school boards require a public comment opportunity for parents and other members of the community to voice their opinions about issues related to school, but there has been a major shift recently.

"This provision gives residents of a school district the chance to vent their spleens about exorbitant taxes or demand subjects be taught properly the way they were during the most frigid period of the Cold War. In the past, more often than not, nobody showed up," Robinson said. "Not these days. As social media outlets, national news broadcasts and our local newspapers tell us, school boards are now the new battleground in the fight for America’s future."

Robinson wrote that some members of the community interpret the public comment portion of school board meetings to show "why they have the collective intelligence of a village idiot."

"Some members of my community appear to interpret this part of board meetings as the occasion to tell board members why they have the collective intelligence of a village idiot and how the school district ought to be addressing real problems," the school board member wrote.

Robinson's essay drew a reaction from Nicole Neily, president of Parents Defending Education, who told Fox News Digital that the school board member was mocking parents.

"Far too many elected officials have shown over the past two years that the 'consent of the governed' is little more than an inconvenient speed bump on the road to advancing their unpopular agendas," Neily said. "Mocking and dismissing the concerns of the community may b... (Read more)