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School system launches fact page to address misinformation


  • By Rebecca Leftwich
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  • May. 10, 2022 - 5:37 PM

School system launches fact page to address misinformation

The Newnan Times-Herald

School officials have launched a Coweta County School System Fact Page in response to recent “outrageous, unsubstantiated” claims centering on hot-button issues like critical race theory and fiscal responsibility.

The clickable link is in the upper left corner of the school system’s website at www.cowetaschools.net .

“In these times of social media rumors and social and political divisions, this webpage is a place where you can find accurate information about our school system in a timely manner,” reads the introduction.

Visitors can navigate through a series of questions and answers by scrolling, or jump to a particular subject using tabs located at the top of the page. Whether social and emotional learning is used to secretly teach divisive concepts and whether students are being vaccinated for COVID-19 at school are among accusations soundly refuted on the page.

Coweta Schools’ page specifically addresses various claims widely circulated by and in support of some political candidates in upcoming local elections – claims which have been consistently, and frequently, refuted by state and local school officials.

In Cherokee County, the school district recently added a similar component to its website (www.cherokeek12.net ). The page was created “due to the rising volume of false information currently being circulated about our school district and our outstanding teachers and staff,” according to the Cherokee County School District.

A federal political action committee – the 1776 Project PAC – is backing slates of school board candidates in both Coweta and Cherokee counties, and reportedly in other Georgia school districts as well.

Mailers sent by the 1776 Project PAC in support of the candidates in Coweta and Cherokee counties contain identical allegations: that “critical race theory is in schools”; that “graphic sexual comic books are available in school libraries”; that “elementary school children are given books about what it means to be transgender”; that “schools distribute anti-Second Amendment material”; and that “classroom reading material includes essays on why the Pledge of Allegiance should be banned.” Each accusation is directly addressed and specifically refuted by both Coweta and Cherokee school officials.

Coweta’s fact page will be updated frequently, according to the school system’s website, but parents and guardians don’t have to wait for those updates if they have questions.

“Call your child's teacher, or your school's principal, or the superintendent's office,” school officials advise on the page. “They will always be happy to answer your questions, or help any way they can.”