Contributor Post Created with Sketch. NH Dem on House Education Committee: “F*** Private and Religious Schools”

 

Tamara Meyer Le, a New Hampshire State Representative who serves on the House Education Committee, posted in a recent (and now deleted) public Facebook post, “[Expletive] private and religious schools.” Le deleted the post after Ricochet’s friend Michael Graham of New Hampshire Journal publicized her post. Michael writes that he has made multiple requests to Le for comment but she has not responded to him.

In an October 20th Facebook post, the Seacoast progressive and member of the House Education Committee used the profanity in a diatribe on her public FB page regarding her 8th-grade daughter’s friends applying to private high schools. “And then it happened. The Sunday afternoon my 8th grade daughter who is getting A-/B+s in 8th grade had to learn – while her friends were applying to private high schools – we would not be,” Le wrote. “Private and religious schools do not have anti-discrimination policies that protect students with disabilities.”
“[Expletive] private and religious schools,” Le concluded. Several of her fellow House Democrats ‘liked’ her comment, including Reps. Casey Conley and Heidi Hamer.

My own New Hampshire state representative, Glenn Cordelli (R-Tuftonboro), serves on the Education Committee with Rep. Le and tells me that “her comments reflect her views about private schools.” He also says that Le has in the past “introduced legislation to include private schools in anti-discrimination statutes” because “she believes they discriminate against kids with disabilities because they do not accept all kids.”

Glenn doesn’t think Le’s argument holds water. “If [private or religious schools] cannot provide the services for a specific disability, they are not going to enroll them just for the enrollment tuition. Private schools cannot just raise taxes like public schools [to pay for the increased cost of a disabled student].”

So what’s behind Le’s animus? “She’s an angry person,” says Glenn.

After deleting her profane post, Le reposted it without the swear word and then doubled down on her attack on private and religious schools in comments she made on the new post, as quoted by Michael and New Hampshire Journal:

“92% of private and religious K-12 schools in NH have admission policies that DO NOT have anti-discrimination protections for students with disabilities,” Le posted on both Facebook and Twitter after removing her original message. “Institutional discrimination is often so embedded you don’t see it.”

The Republican House leader, Rep. Dick Hinch (D-Merrimack), is calling on the Democrat Speaker of the House,Steve Shurtleff, to remove Rep. Le from the Education Committee (and to condemn her behavior) and the Democrat chairman of the Education Committee, Rep. Mel Myler (D-Contoocook), has tried to distance himself and the committee from her comments.

Michael notes that Rep. Le has endorsed Elizabeth Warren (D-Pocahontas) for president, even though Warren sent her son to private school in Texas.

 

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  1. The_Admin() Admin
    The_Admin()

    Michael has loads more details so check out the links to his site.

    • #1
    • November 3, 2019, at 9:34 PM PST
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  2. Judge Mental Member

    Am I understanding that the discrimination she’s denouncing is a private school’s failure to provide a specialized, individual education program for her special needs child?

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    • November 3, 2019, at 9:36 PM PST
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  3. Mark Wilson Member
    Mark WilsonJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I like how our elected representatives tend to be well balanced and circumspect people who are respectful of pluralism and the full range of viewpoints and lifestyles present in our vast country.

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    • November 3, 2019, at 9:37 PM PST
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  4. The_Admin() Admin
    The_Admin()

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Am I understanding that the discrimination she’s denouncing is a private school’s failure to provide a specialized, individual education program for her special needs child?

    I do not know whether her daughter has special needs. That seems like a reasonable conclusion, however.

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    • November 3, 2019, at 9:38 PM PST
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  5. kylez Member
    kylezJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    “experience disabilities”

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    • November 3, 2019, at 10:26 PM PST
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  6. James Lileks Contributor

    I don’t understand her original post. 

    “And then it happened. The Sunday afternoon my 8th grade daughter who is getting A-/B+s in 8th grade had to learn – while her friends were applying to private high schools – we would not be”

    On a Sunday afternoon, while her daughter’s friends were all applying to private high schools, that being the Sunday thing to do, her daughter “had to learn,” from her mother, that they would not be applying to private high school, because other presumed that the lack of a policy meant no one would accommodate her daughter’s situation? Do I have that right?

    If the policies were in place, she would put her kid in private schools? Which would be a judgement on the private schools?

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    • November 3, 2019, at 10:30 PM PST
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  7. Clifford A. Brown Contributor

    James Lileks (View Comment):
    Which would be a judgement on the private schools?

    The public schools, you meant? That would certainly be a reasonable conclusion. 

    • #7
    • November 3, 2019, at 11:39 PM PST
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  8. Ray Kujawa Coolidge

    Mark Wilson (View Comment):

    I like how our elected representatives tend to be well balanced and circumspect people who are respectful of pluralism and the full range of viewpoints and lifestyles present in our vast country.

    …which explains why she supports Warren for president and is not holding Warren’s feet to the fire about sending her kid to private school in Texas. That’s might neighborly of her.

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    • November 4, 2019, at 1:10 AM PST
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  9. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge

    James Lileks (View Comment):

    I don’t understand her original post.

    “And then it happened. The Sunday afternoon my 8th grade daughter who is getting A-/B+s in 8th grade had to learn – while her friends were applying to private high schools – we would not be”

    On a Sunday afternoon, while her daughter’s friends were all applying to private high schools, that being the Sunday thing to do, her daughter “had to learn,” from her mother, that they would not be applying to private high school, because other presumed that the lack of a policy meant no one would accommodate her daughter’s situation? Do I have that right?

    If the policies were in place, she would put her kid in private schools? Which would be a judgement on the private schools?

    There’s no parsing crazy.

    I guess they held her down on that fateful Sunday, and prevented her from filling out a form that would allow her child to be enrolled in a private school. How dare they!

    Image result for how dare you meme

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    • November 4, 2019, at 3:21 AM PST
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  10. Skyler Coolidge

    Vulgar communists. That’s what the democrat party has become.

    We allowed communists to take over the education bureaucracies across the country (i.e., Bill Ayers and crew, among many others) and we elected a President who openly announced that his greatest ideological influences were communists.

    The western communist movement had been chafing under the leadership of the Soviets, whom they always resented for having jumped the gun. They were released by the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the USSR to finally assert themselves. The rest of us assumed communism had been defeated, while they understood that they could now do communism right.

    Doing communism “right” always means that a new group is trying it. Unless stopped, the result is always the same.

    We need to purge bureaucracies of these communists and take back the places where they are entrenched, which is most large cities, or else we are doomed. Our descent will drag down the rest of the world.

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    • November 4, 2019, at 3:54 AM PST
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  11. ctlaw Coolidge

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Individualized_Education_Program

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    • November 4, 2019, at 3:57 AM PST
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  12. RufusRJones Member

    Skyler (View Comment):
    Vulgar communists. That’s what the democrat party has become.

    Louie Gohmert just said this on Breitbart News satellite on Thursday. That was an incredible interview about impeachment. If you get SiriusXM, download it right now, you won’t regret it. It will be gone soon, fyi.

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    • November 4, 2019, at 5:57 AM PST
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  13. RufusRJones Member

    The primary purpose of education is to steal from the tax payers and students and for propaganda. 

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    • November 4, 2019, at 5:58 AM PST
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  14. RufusRJones Member

    re:#12 

    The Bible Western freedoms are predicated on the Bible, observed Gohmert. “[Whittaker Chambers said], ‘Political freedom, as the Western world has known it, is only a political reading of the Bible. Religion and freedom are indivisible. Without freedom, the soul dies. Without the soul, there’s no justification for freedom.’”

    Gohmert drew from a 1913 letter in which Vladimir Lenin wrote, “Every religious idea, even flirting with the idea of God, is unhonorable vileness of the most dangerous kind.”

    “You can’t have communism with allowing belief in God. It has to be supplanted,” Gohmert added.

    Gohmert concluded, “I think it is better to characterize it as [a] communist revolution. That’s what they’re about, and whether you want to call it progressivism, socialism, communism, that’s what they’re about, and we’re already seeing … communism’s hatred of religion, and specifically Christianity. It’s a threat to what has always been an American way of life.”

    Fox news just showed a 1993 speech by Pelosi pushing single payer. They are all liars and they just want control. Freedom doesn’t make sense to Democrats. The predicate to freedom is a soul. There is no reason you shouldn’t kill someone and take their stuff unless there is punishment for that behavior no matter what.

    Democrats want to take your freedom and your stuff and your productivity and they lie about it making your life better.

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    • November 4, 2019, at 6:17 AM PST
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  15. Lilly B Coolidge

    James Lileks (View Comment):

    If the policies were in place, she would put her kid in private schools? 

    It’s interesting that Le’s first point in her original post is that the local public high school “kicks butt.” And yet all the friends are applying to private schools and her daughter seemed to assume she would be doing the same. This doesn’t make sense if the school is generally viewed as good. Also, writing that it “kicks butt” doesn’t quite convey the excellence of the school or the intelligence of author. Why is it that progressives never seem to realize that the coarse language they so often prefer makes them sounds dumber and weakens their arguments? 

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    • November 4, 2019, at 6:22 AM PST
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  16. Kim K. Member
    Kim K.Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Lilly Blanch (View Comment):

    James Lileks (View Comment):

    If the policies were in place, she would put her kid in private schools?

    It’s interesting that Le’s first point in her original post is that the local public high school “kicks butt.” And yet all the friends are applying to private schools and her daughter seemed to assume she would be doing the same. This doesn’t make sense if the school is generally viewed as good. Also, writing that it “kicks butt” doesn’t quite convey the excellence of the school or the intelligence of author. Why is it that progressives never seem to realize that the coarse language they so often prefer makes them sounds dumber and weakens their arguments?

    I’m so sick of the F-bomb going mainstream. And, yes, it does make the speaker sound dumber and weaken the argument.

     

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    • November 4, 2019, at 6:36 AM PST
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  17. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    I was under the impression that most politicians sent their precious children to private schools. This situation is living proof that in their eyes they are Progressives first, and are willing to sacrifice their children on the altar of Progressivism (protections for everything, rules like straitjackets) rather than getting them the best education possible (normally not possible in government schools, regardless of individual education plans).

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    • November 4, 2019, at 6:57 AM PST
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  18. Kozak Member
    KozakJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Everything within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state“.

    Benito Mussolini

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    • November 4, 2019, at 7:30 AM PST
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  19. Lilly B Coolidge

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    I was under the impression that most politicians sent their precious children to private schools. This situation is living proof that in their eyes they are Progressives first, and are willing to sacrifice their children on the altar of Progressivism (protections for everything, rules like straitjackets) rather than getting them the best education possible (normally not possible in government schools, regardless of individual education plans).

    Having toured a lot of private schools last year, I found that they are just as progressive as public schools. Safe spaces and rainbows everywhere to virtue signal tolerance. Even at Catholic and nominally regulations schools. I concluded that I could get the same progressive attitude from public school for free. Plus, the music program at a big public high school is so much better than at small private schools. Math is great, too. 

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    • November 4, 2019, at 8:19 AM PST
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  20. Bob Thompson Member

    Lilly Blanch (View Comment):

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    I was under the impression that most politicians sent their precious children to private schools. This situation is living proof that in their eyes they are Progressives first, and are willing to sacrifice their children on the altar of Progressivism (protections for everything, rules like straitjackets) rather than getting them the best education possible (normally not possible in government schools, regardless of individual education plans).

    Having toured a lot of private schools last year, I found that they are just as progressive as public schools. Safe spaces and rainbows everywhere to virtue signal tolerance. Even at Catholic and nominally regulations schools. I concluded that I could get the same progressive attitude from public school for free. Plus, the music program at a big public high school is so much better than at small private schools. Math is great, too.

    I think I know what public schools you have available to you family. It happens that is one of the few public school systems that perform well. Your comment on the progressive attitude in private schools matches my observations but the education curricula are mostly superior to public schools.

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    • November 4, 2019, at 8:46 AM PST
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  21. Jon1979 Lincoln

    Lilly Blanch (View Comment):

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    I was under the impression that most politicians sent their precious children to private schools. This situation is living proof that in their eyes they are Progressives first, and are willing to sacrifice their children on the altar of Progressivism (protections for everything, rules like straitjackets) rather than getting them the best education possible (normally not possible in government schools, regardless of individual education plans).

    Having toured a lot of private schools last year, I found that they are just as progressive as public schools. Safe spaces and rainbows everywhere to virtue signal tolerance. Even at Catholic and nominally regulations schools. I concluded that I could get the same progressive attitude from public school for free. Plus, the music program at a big public high school is so much better than at small private schools. Math is great, too.

    Also depends on your neighborhood. Dad pretty much laid down the law to me in the winter of 1972 that I either pass the Stuyvesant test, or we’re moving out of NYC because he wasn’t going to send me to the regular district high school on the pre-gentrified Lower East Side of Manhattan (the small irony there being as I was over at Stuyvesant, the district school, Seward Park, was getting a lot better, because the increase in Asian immigrants was changing the demographics, and some of the crime problems, on the Lower East Side in the mid-1970s. A lot of first-gen Asian students going to Seward Park at that time had the math scores to get into the city’s academic high schools, but lacked the skills in English to qualify. That’s not the case 45-years down the line, which is why the current mayor of New York is trying to kill off the academic schools, even though they’re all now majority-Asian students).

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    • November 4, 2019, at 9:10 AM PST
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  22. Lilly B Coolidge

    Bob Thompson (View Comment):

    Lilly Blanch (View Comment):

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    I was under the impression that most politicians sent their precious children to private schools. This situation is living proof that in their eyes they are Progressives first, and are willing to sacrifice their children on the altar of Progressivism (protections for everything, rules like straitjackets) rather than getting them the best education possible (normally not possible in government schools, regardless of individual education plans).

    Having toured a lot of private schools last year, I found that they are just as progressive as public schools. Safe spaces and rainbows everywhere to virtue signal tolerance. Even at Catholic and nominally regulations schools. I concluded that I could get the same progressive attitude from public school for free. Plus, the music program at a big public high school is so much better than at small private schools. Math is great, too.

    I think I know what public schools you have available to you family. It happens that is one of the few public school systems that perform well. Your comment on the progressive attitude in private schools matches my observations but the education curricula are mostly superior to public schools.

    I’m sure that’s true overall, but we’re taking our chances so far. Might be different with a different kid, but this one is a self-starter. 

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    • November 4, 2019, at 9:43 AM PST
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  23. kylez Member
    kylezJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I wonder why the daughter and her friends would expect to attend private schools after having only attended public ones. 

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    • November 4, 2019, at 11:57 AM PST
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  24. Ralphie Member

    ctlaw (View Comment):

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Individualized_Education_Program

    I just heard of this from a friend who works at a preschool. In a class of 18, 1/2 have special individualized programs. And that is at the 3 and 4 year old level. I don’t know how 2 adults can provide that type of program. I told her I thought the kids should just stay home a little longer, perhaps they weren’t ready for school yet.

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    • November 4, 2019, at 12:41 PM PST
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  25. Ralphie Member

    It seems the rep is missing an opportunity to teach her daughter a valuable lesson: Life is not fair. She’ll have many more disappointments in life and the sooner you learn to mourn your loss and move on, the better off you’ll be in the long run.

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  26. Judge Mental Member

    Ralphie (View Comment):

    ctlaw (View Comment):

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Individualized_Education_Program

    I just heard of this from a friend who works at a preschool. In a class of 18, 1/2 have special individualized programs. And that is at the 3 and 4 year old level. I don’t know how 2 adults can provide that type of program. I told her I thought the kids should just stay home a little longer, perhaps they weren’t ready for school yet.

    That’s a factor I was expecting. I’ve heard about claims of being special in some way are sky-rocketing, because such claims confer benefits to the students, and parents use it to get their kids advantage.

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    • November 4, 2019, at 12:48 PM PST
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  27. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy WeivodaJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Ralphie (View Comment):

    It seems the rep is missing an opportunity to teach her daughter a valuable lesson: Life is not fair. She’ll have many more disappointments in life and the sooner you learn to mourn your loss and move on, the better off you’ll be in the long run.

    No, no, no. That’s crazy talk. The lesson is that you shouldn’t trust any organization that isn’t run by the government. As long as government runs it, it will all be OK. And if it’s not, we just haven’t given government enough authority and money.

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    • November 4, 2019, at 1:10 PM PST
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  28. DonG (2+2=5. Say it!) Coolidge

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    I was under the impression that most politicians sent their precious children to private schools. This situation is living proof that in their eyes they are Progressives first, and are willing to sacrifice their children on the altar of Progressivism (protections for everything, rules like straitjackets) rather than getting them the best education possible (normally not possible in government schools, regardless of individual education plans).

    Just because they are using private schools doesn’t mean they are not picking the best public schools available. That is the way of the commies: equal for all, but some are more equal than others (and get special privileges). 

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    • November 4, 2019, at 1:44 PM PST
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  29. T-Fiks Member

    Bob Thompson (View Comment):

    Lilly Blanch (View Comment):

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Having toured a lot of private schools last year, I found that they are just as progressive as public schools. Safe spaces and rainbows everywhere to virtue signal tolerance. Even at Catholic and nominally regulations schools. I concluded that I could get the same progressive attitude from public school for free. Plus, the music program at a big public high school is so much better than at small private schools. Math is great, too.

    My son attended a Jesuit HS here in Tacoma. The school’s religious classes were seriously tainted with the progressivism.

    We were discussing the abortion issue with our son and one of his senior classmates. This kid was a very good student. When abortion and the Church came up, his response was, “Oh, I don’t think the Catholic Church has taken a stand on abortion.”

    Rod Dreher, the author of The Benedict Option, commented that most religious schools today don’t teach the gospel. He said, instead, that many schools act as an inoculation against an authentic embrace of Christianity. They give their students just enough watered-down Christianity to make sure that they will never fully embrace it as they become independent.

     

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    • November 4, 2019, at 3:06 PM PST
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  30. Mendel Member
    MendelJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Ray Kujawa (View Comment):
    …which explains why she supports Warren for president and is not holding Warren’s feet to the fire about sending her kid to private school in Texas.

    Adding to the irony, the most prominent progressive politician in New Hampshire at the moment – former governor and current senator Maggie Hassan – has a special-needs son, and yet is married to the long-time principal of the (notoriously special-needs-unfriendly) private school Phillips Exeter Academy.

    It would certainly be interesting to hear Hassan’s take on this matter. In fact, since they only live a few miles apart from each other, perhaps a public debate between Hassan and Le on this topic is in order.

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    • November 4, 2019, at 3:41 PM PST
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