If you’ve ever asked, “How can I make a difference in the direction of my school, state, or nation?” … we have good news for you!

The first Social Conservative Academy series is now in the books, and it’s available for you today! How to Beat the Radical Left featuring All American NCAA swimmer Riley Gaines, Oklahoma Congressman Josh Brecheen, The FAMiLY Leader President Bob Vander Plaats, and The Family Foundation President Victoria Cobb, will give you the know-how and tools to effectively advocate your values in the public square, organize at the grassroots level, tell your story, and work with unlikely allies.

To see a preview clip here.

You won’t want to miss the pro tips and expert strategy shared by some of the nation’s top pro-family spokespeople and advocates—all available to watch from the convenience of your home or office, on your own time! Each mini course is approximately 20 minutes long and includes summary points and key takeaways for people like you who want to understand what’s at stake and make your voice heard.

The entire four-part series is now available to social conservative citizens for $49. But for those who act quickly, How to Beat the Radical Left is yours for just $29!

The Social Conservative Academy was designed for busy moms, dads, grandparents, full-time businessmen and businesswomen, and concerned citizens of all walks of life. If you are a social conservative who wants to make a difference, the Social Conservative Academy is for you!

How to Beat the Radical Left is the first of many courses in the newly developed Social Conservative Academy from Family Policy Foundation. Stay tuned for more opportunities to understand the critical issues facing our nation, get equipped to effectively respond to them, and become a changemaker in our culture and government.

Click here to purchase How to Beat the Radical Left for just $29 for a limited time.

Sincerely,

Amanda Banks
Vice President, Education

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ever wondered how you can help beat the radical left? Join us THIS THURSDAY for mini courses with two leaders who are doing just that – and want you to join them!

Learn from former NCAA All-American swimmer Riley Gaines as she shares how to use your story to make a difference. Then, stick around to hear from Bob Vander Plaats, President and CEO of The FAMiLY Leader to learn how you can work with even the unlikeliest of allies to win social conservative issues.

Best of all? The live course is completely FREE to join live! Registration is required at the link below. (Did you register for last week’s Social Conservative Academy courses? You can use the same link you received when you registered before.)

Everyone has a story—how to be a force for change by telling your story Featuring special guest Riley Gaines

Thursday, Sept. 28 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Personal stories have the power to shape political discourse and influence decision-makers. By sharing our experiences and stories, individuals can humanize complex issues, creating empathy and understanding among policymakers and the public. Personal stories have the ability to capture attention and highlight the real-world consequences or opportunities that come from policy. In this course you will learn how to use your story and craft your message so you can change your world.

This course will be taught by 12-time All-American NCAA swimmer Riley Gaines, who famously was forced to compete against male swimmer Lia Thomas in the NCAA championships. She has since used her story to advocate for saving girls’ sports – and for respecting biological reality throughout our laws.

Unlikely allies make an unusual impact—how to win social conservative issues with people you never thought possible Featuring special guest Bob Vander Plaats

Thursday, Sept. 28 at 1:30 p.m. ET

This course teaches strategies and skills to foster collaboration and build partnerships with individuals or groups who may have differing perspectives or backgrounds. It emphasizes the importance of finding common ground, practicing effective communication, and leveraging shared goals to achieve common objectives. By learning how to navigate differences and build bridges, participants can broaden their impact, create stronger alliances, and navigate complex political landscapes more effectively.

Come learn from Bob Vander Plaats, CEO and President of The FAMiLY Leader. Vander Plaats has been a prominent voice in social conservative politics for years, hosting the annual FAMiLY Leadership Summit and frequently weighing in on the most pressing political matters of the day.

We hope you’ll join us Thursday for these special courses on How to Beat the Radical Left!

Sincerely,

Amanda Banks
Vice President, Education

Dear Friends,

Many of you may remember the heartbreaking story of Sage, a high school student at a Richmond, Virginia-area public school. The school kept her parents in the dark when Sage expressed discomfort about her sexual identity. The school encouraged her confusion and gave her online resources to talk to other transgender-identifying individuals. Sage went to meet one of those individuals who said he was 16. Tragically, he was an adult who abducted and sex-trafficked her.

Through the help of our friends at Virginia Family Foundation, Sage was eventually returned to her parents. But Sage’s story should’ve never happened.

Now, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin and his Board of Education took a courageous step to ensure Sage’s story won’t be repeated in schools across Virginia. They just released new model policies for Virginia’s Public Schools. These new model policies safeguard parental rights by requiring schools to allow parents to make decisions about their child’s education and well-being and defer to the family values taught by parents. They specifically protect children from radical transgender ideology by requiring parents be notified if their children express feelings of discomfort about their God-given biological sex and give their written consent before any action is taken by the schools.

 

The model policies also protect the privacy rights of young girls in school bathrooms and locker rooms and promote fairness in girls’ sports. They require schools designate sex-segregated locations and activities by biological sex, rather than gender identity.

We are thankful to Gov. Youngkin for protecting Virginia’s children by ensuring their parents are involved and removing areas of dangerous transgender ideology from schools. Even as a purple state, Virginia has set an example for the rest of the nation in how to partner with parents at the local level to protect children. Additionally, these policies affirming parental rights and protecting children come at a crucial time, as these will be central issues in both the 2024 presidential election and the 2023 Virginia elections.

To our friends in Virginia:

Please join us and our friends at Virginia Family Foundation in contacting your local school board and encouraging them to support and comply with Gov. Youngkin’s new model policies. Some critical school districts like Virginia Beach are meeting as early as next week to vote on adopting these model policies!

You can encourage them to make the right choice by contacting your local school board members or signing up to speak at your local school board meetings.

For our children,
Joseph Kohm
Joseph Kohm III
Director, Public Policy

We are just two weeks away from the official launch of the School Board Academy—Family Policy Foundation’s newest training program for pro-family elected officials.

As we shared earlier this fall, FPF has developed a unique course to equip and empower conservative school board members to protect children from radical curriculum and dangerous policies, preserve parental rights, and honor God through their service. The School Board Academy is the first-of-its-kind national training program taught by top legal and policy experts from a biblical worldview.

In preparation for the official launch of the School Board Academy in December, we held a pilot training for a select group of school board members November 15-17. During 7.5 hours of live, online training, participants were taught by 15 expert instructors. The partnership of our national and state allies—including Alliance Defending Freedom, The Heritage Foundation, First Liberty Institute, Pennsylvania Family Institute, Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, and several others—is humbling, and empowering for our attendees.

These partners, along with senior leaders at Family Policy Alliance and Foundation, provided critical training and resources on curriculum options, controversial issues, model policies, worldview, and more. (For a complete list of instructors and the course outline, see our website.)

Melissa, a school board member from West Virginia, said the pilot training allowed her, as a “lone board member with a faith foundation, to not feel alone and to have training that aligns with the Constitution and my conservative values.”

David, a school board member from Washington, remarked, “Very, very, very highly qualified presenters have been gathered for this Academy. On behalf of the future of America, thank you!

As so many of you have supported the development and launch the School Board Academy, please accept David’s thanks and that of the entire Family Policy Foundation team. Your financial contribution and prayer support make this training program possible.

As we look expectantly toward the December 13- 15 official launch, we thank God for the opportunity to equip and empower pro-family school board members.

Gratefully,

Amanda Banks,
Vice President, Education

P.S. If you would like to help deliver impactful training to conservative school board members, click HERE to provide a student scholarship or make a donation of any amount. Thank you for your partnership!

 

 

 

 

 

Parents asked, we listened: Training changemakers in our schools

FPF to launch nation’s first biblically based school board training

It’s not hard to see that our public schools need help.

From pandemic shutdowns that allowed parents to see concerning curriculum and ideology in their children’s classrooms, to the “new normal” of boys playing on girls’ sports teams, to students being encouraged to “socially transition” their gender without parental knowledge (much less consent), we all know our schools need better leadership.

We’ve heard from anguished parents and grandparents from across the country—and even school board members themselves—all asking for help. And we’ve listened!

That’s why Family Policy Foundation is launching the School Board Academy this December – the first national training program for pro-family school board members that will be taught from a biblical worldview. The virtual program will include training in:

We have a relevant and readily applicable curriculum, plus a highly capable faculty of veteran school board members and national policy experts, but we need your help to fill the seats of our first class. The inaugural School Board Academy will meet online Dec. 13-15, 2022, from 7-9:30 p.m. ET. All pro-family school board members and candidates are welcome to apply, however, space is limited.

If you know a school board member or candidate, or if you meet that criteria yourself, please invite them to apply here. The cost of $179 per student covers 7.5 hours of training as well as membership to the School Board Exchange, which provides ongoing community and resources to those who have graduated from the School Board Academy.

If you don’t know a school board member personally, you can still get involved and help turn our schools around by providing scholarships for those who need assistance to attend. To sponsor a school board member or support the School Board Academy in another way, visit here.

Please help us spread the word by sharing the School Board Academy webpage with your family, friends, church, and neighbors. With your support, we will equip and empower school board members to honor God, protect children, and preserve parents’ rights through their service.

Thank you for partnering with us!

Amanda Banks
Vice President, Education
Family Policy Foundation

As of this week, one in three states now have laws to #SaveGirlsSports. That’s more than double the number of states with similar laws last summer!

But now, the Biden Administration plans to propose a rule that would redefine “sex” in a federal law known as Title IX. This proposed rule will likely:

It’s part of a broader effort to push woke ideology in our children’s schools, from school policies to curriculum and beyond.

Americans are not on board with this agenda – and key leaders agree. Earlier this spring we sat down with someone who helped safeguard Title IX: former Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Now, as we anticipate the coming Biden rule, we wanted to share that conversation with you NEXT WEEK!

YOU’RE INVITED

Fighting for Our Children’s Futures
A Conversation with Secretary Betsy DeVos

Tuesday, May 31

1 pm ET / 12 pm CT / 11 am MT / 10 am PT

Join us on Facebook or YouTube

Secretary DeVos served as the 11th Secretary of Education under President Trump. She has been active in politics for over 35 years, having served in many leadership roles. In education policy in particular, she has been involved for nearly three decades as an advocate for children and a voice for parents. She is especially passionate about reforms that help underserved children gain access to a quality education.

Join us to hear about all things education reform, from educational freedom (school choice) to combatting woke ideology in schools. Whether you are a parent or grandparent, or just someone concerned about our children’s future, this is a conversation you won’t want to miss!

See you next week on Facebook and YouTube!

Meridian Baldacci
Director of Strategy

P.S. Be sure to pass this invitation along to a friend who should attend, too! You can forward this invite or tag them on Facebook!

As of last week, one in three states now have laws to #SaveGirlsSports. That’s more than double the number of states with similar laws last summer!

But now, the Biden Administration plans to propose a rule that would redefine “sex” in a federal law known as Title IX. This proposed rule will likely:

It’s part of a broader effort to push woke ideology in our children’s schools, from school policies to curriculum and beyond.

Americans are not on board with this agenda – and key leaders agree. Earlier this spring we sat down with someone who helped safeguard Title IX: former Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Now, as we anticipate the coming Biden rule, we wanted to share that conversation with you today!

YOU’RE INVITED

Fighting for Our Children’s Futures
A Conversation with Secretary Betsy DeVos

TODAY – Tuesday, May 31

1 pm ET / 12 pm CT / 11 am MT / 10 am PT

Join us on Facebook or YouTube

Secretary DeVos served as the 11th Secretary of Education under President Trump. She has been active in politics for over 35 years, having served in many leadership roles. In education policy in particular, she has been involved for nearly three decades as an advocate for children and a voice for parents. She is especially passionate about reforms that help underserved children gain access to a quality education.

Join us to hear about all things education reform, from educational freedom (school choice) to combatting woke ideology in schools. Whether you are a parent or grandparent, or just someone concerned about our children’s future, this is a conversation you won’t want to miss!

See you today on Facebook and YouTube! (If you are seeing this message late or miss joining us today, you can always watch the videos at these links any time.)


Meridian Baldacci
Director of Strategy

P.S. Be sure to pass this invitation along to a friend who should attend, too! You can forward this invite or tag them on Facebook!

Dear Friends,

This week, the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) announced their new and revised Social Studies Standards as a rule for all public schools and state charters in New Mexico. The controversy over this new curriculum is that there is heavy concern about the presence of Critical Race Theory and LGBTQ+ agenda elements that begin in the kindergarten classroom and grow from one grade level to the next.

Many letters and voices flooded the PED during the public comment period that expressed concern over the proposed standards as “divisive, biased, or negative,” as well as concern that the new standards “embody critical race theory.”  Concern was also voiced regarding the topic of “identity” within the standard.

Unfortunately, while many concerns were noted, the PED revisions, released this week, have been ineffective in removing elements of CRT and introducing the LGBTQ+ agenda into the education standard as early as Kindergarten.

New Mexico families are under attack as this Woke agenda takes position to fill the classroom and threatens to hijack our children’s education.

So, what can we do?

The legislative process still exists! Although the PED would make parents and teachers believe that there is no other option, we can stand strong!

Some good news…

Here at Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico, we are working on a Transparency in Education Act that will allow parents rights to be protected in the classroom. We will share more information in the months to come regarding this bill and the sponsors who have agreed to introduce it in the next legislative session.

It’s time to take action!

My husband and I have four children. We do not wish them to be ignorant to the things that are happening in our world, but we absolutely expect to be able to teach them in our own time and on our own terms. Every parent has the right to do the same. Will you stand with us to protect New Mexico families?

Standing for our families,

Jodi Hendricks
Executive Director


A school district in Virginia has been making national news since this summer when a teacher was suspended for refusing to use opposite-sex pronouns to refer to his students. The Loudoun County School District has continued to make headlines over Critical Race Theory debates, passage of a new “transgender and gender fluid student rights policy,”* and more.

Most recently – and most disturbingly –the district is under fire for transferring a male student charged with sexual assault (forcible sodomy) from one high school to another, and attempting to cover up the incident. The boy is accused of rape in both schools. He allegedly assaulted one girl in a classroom and one in the girls’ restroom, where he was allowed to enter under the district’s transgender policy.

While news like this can evoke discouragement and even hopelessness, a group of engaged parents in Loudoun County is giving us all reason to hope.

Fight for Schools is comprised of caring parents who are locking arms and collectively saying “enough is enough” in their school district. They are making waves—and making a difference—as they fight for truth and safety in their schools. One way they are doing so is through recall campaigns for five out of nine school board members. As they pursue accountability in Loudoun County, they’ve also called for the resignation of Superintendent Scott Ziegler. The latest good news is in the form of a resignation: Loudoun County school board member Beth Barts issued her resignation one week ago—and even the liberal media is giving credit to these parents.

If Loudoun County is front and center in the battle for our schools, the backdrop is liberal politicians and political appointees advocating against parental involvement in schools.

A few weeks ago, Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe unbelievably said in a campaign debate, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach” and then doubled down on his view in media interviews following. The same week, President Biden’s Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona refused to agree with the premise that parents are the primary stakeholders in their children’s education during a congressional hearing on Capitol Hill. If that wasn’t enough, the Biden Administration has taken shocking action to “show parents who’s boss” by directing the FBI to investigate parents who speak up in their local school districts!

These events are disillusioning (to say the least), but they also underscore why the actions of parents – like those who comprise Fight for Schools in Loudoun County – have never been more important.

As a parent myself, I’ve come to realize that it is not enough to complain and despair about the battles being waged against our children in school. If I am not willing to engage, voice my opinion, and advocate for my kids’ safety and for truth taught in our schools, who will?

If you agree but feel uncertain about what to do or how to do it, let me encourage you to download a copy of FPA’s Back to School for Parents guide. I’ll draw your attention to pages 5-9 which explains in simple terms who has educational authority in our schools and how parents can effectively advocate for their children in public schools.

If you are a parent with children in public school, I hope you will consider making your voice heard. We at FPA stand ready and willing to help you do so, and we’re thankful for those of you who partner with us to make resources like the Back to School for Parents guide possible.

For our kids,

Amanda Banks
Vice President, Education

 

 

*According to the Loudoun Times, “Loudoun’s Policy 8040 allows students to use their chosen name and gender pronouns that reflect their consistently asserted gender identity without any substantiating evidence, regardless of the name and gender recorded in the student’s permanent educational record. The policy also allows for access to a number of student activities and facilities such as restrooms and locker rooms. Further, the policy states that all school mental health professionals shall complete training on topics relating to LGBTQ+ students, including procedures for preventing and responding to bullying, harassment and discrimination based on gender identity and expression.”

In 1943, as war raged around the globe, C.S. Lewis delivered a series of lectures that were later turned into an extraordinary book entitled, The Abolition of Man. As the world reached the height of its deadliest conflict in history, Lewis warned of a very different lethal threat emerging in his day. In the very first line of the book, Lewis writes, “I doubt whether we are sufficiently attentive to the importance of elementary text-books.”

Lewis explains his case by carefully dissecting a school textbook he calls, “The Green Book.” This book, based upon a real book (which we now know to be, “The Control of Language: A Critical Approach to Reading and Writing”) expresses “disgust” at the idea that a poem can declare a waterfall to be “sublime” or “pretty.” The reason for the teachers’ disgust is the claim that the poet can only speak of how he felt about a waterfall rather than state as a truth that a waterfall is “pretty.” Lewis’ concern was that the teachers were saying that things cannot be objectively true, that all value statements only explain the emotional state of the speaker and are therefore unimportant.

As I read Lewis’ work I could identify with his concerns, expressed nearly 80 years ago. He was uncanny in his prediction that the subjection of truth to feelings would lead to a future where a small cabal of people manipulate humanity through psychology. He relayed that the idea of relativism is patently absurd and that a deep thinker would never allow it. Then, he warns that the only way such an idea could sway minds is through the indoctrination of the young. He states:

“The very power of (the authors) depends on the fact that they are dealing with a boy: a boy who thinks he is ‘doing’ his ‘English prep’ and has no notion that ethics, theology, and politics are all at stake. It is not a theory they put into his mind, but an assumption, which ten years hence, its origin forgotten and its presence unconscious, will condition him to take one side in a controversy which he has never recognized as a controversy at all.” Lewis, C. S. (2019-09-29T23:58:59). The Abolition of Man.

Today, his prophecy has come true. Pop psychology insists that you are who you are based upon feelings rather than objective facts. Our nation starts to buckle under the question of which truth to follow or whether there is truth at all.

It is into this intersection, this junction of truth and culture that Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming stands tall and says, “Waterfalls can be sublime, truth is knowable, and mankind cannot be abolished in a sea of made-up feelings!”

I am asking you to stand with us. You can stand for truth. Please donate to this great cause by giving to Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming today.

Advancing Biblical Citizenship,

Nathan Winterws
Executive Director