After a contentious public meeting last night the Federal Way School Board lifted it’s moratorium on the showing of Al Gore’s documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” and tried to put a positive spin on a controversy that has clearly spun out of control.
Board members have said they hope this controversy will start a healthy debate about global warming.
Actually, what it’s started a healthy debate about is the composition of the Federal Way School Board.
The Board is dominated by religious conservatives and members of the Evergreen Freedom Foundation, a right-wing faux-think-tank dedicated to busting the teachers unions and dismantling public education. Right wingers have long targeted local school board elections — low profile/low cost races that rarely garner much public spotlight. But they don’t represent the broader community.
As has been seen throughout the nation, from Pennsylvania to Kansas, when the righties overreach as they have occasionally done in pushing Intelligent Design, the voters wake up and replace the the school board. That’s what should happen in Federal Way. That’s what will happen in Federal Way.