Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) Commissioner Penny Schwinn is a leftist and a statist who wants the government to have too great of a role developing public school students, according to a video one organization released this week.
Gary Humble, speaking for Tennessee Stands, criticized Schwinn and the TDOE for proposing that state officials go to people’s homes to perform wellness checks on children.
Humble said that a lot of people had a problem with that proposal, and that’s why state officials put the program on hold.
“That program was an incredibly progressive and invasive statist program that left a lot of us scratching our heads thinking ‘How in the world did that get here in the state of Tennessee?’” Humble asked in the video.
Humble then played clips of Schwinn that he took from various YouTube videos, where she used words such as “privilege” and “equity.”
“We see a break in the role of a parent and the role of the state,” Humble said.
“She wants an enhanced role of the state in overall developing children in Tennessee over the competency of parents and our ability to parent our children.”
In other clips, Schwinn discussed addressing a public school students’ physical, developmental, and exercise needs as well as tending to their addiction and poverty issues.
TDOE officials did not return The Tennessee Star’s request for comment Friday.
Tennessee Stands, according to its website, calls on Gov. Bill Lee and other government officials at the county and state levels “to restore our constitutional republic.”
As reported this month, Humble recently wanted members of the Tennessee General Assembly to amend the law to give additional counties the right to recall school board officials.
As The Tennessee Star reported last year, Schwinn, a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, began her career in education working as a teacher for Teach for America.
Teach for America is a controversial non-profit organization that pays new college graduates to teach in urban schools as part of its mission to address “educational inequity” and “help children overcome obstacles like systemic racism and poverty.”
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