Carroll ISD board, teacher reach agreement after complaint about anti-racist book

Note it was one parent who wanted a book that was about stopping racism removed, and when they couldn’t get their way they went after the teacher.    Why would that parent not want to combat racism?   Could they in fact be a racist?   This is the world the right wing has created and promoted in the US now.   The racists bigots can now try to force their hate to be offically sanctioned by the state.   Hugs

A monthslong controversy involving a North Texas fourth grade teacher and a book about racism has come to a close.

Last fall, the Carroll ISD Board of Trustees voted to reprimand the teacher after getting a complaint about the book in the teacher’s classroom library. 


Both Carroll ISD and the teacher came to an agreement during a hearing Monday morning. Neither the district nor the teacher’s attorney would say much about the agreement they were able to reach, only saying both sides are pleased with the outcome. 


Carroll ISD is closing the chapter on a monthslong issue involving fourth-grade teacher Rickie Farah and a book on racism in her classroom library at Johnson Elementary School in Southlake. 

The controversy started last fall when a parent complained. 

RELATED: Southlake Carroll ISD teachers told Holocaust lessons need ‘opposing viewpoints’

Originally, Farah was not reprimanded. However, parents appealed the decision, and the board voted to move forward with a reprimand last October. 

“There is simply nothing wrong with what the teacher did,” one parent said at the hearing. “The parents couldn’t file a grievance about the book in the teacher’s library, so they made a cock-and-bull story about the teacher’s behavior.”

Monday morning, the board of trustees met at 8 a.m. for a special meeting after Farah made an appeal. 

In complaints filed, Farah claims she was never interviewed at any level of the grievance process and that the board violated board policy and school laws in the state of Texas. 

Many parents who were able to make the early Monday morning meeting spoke supporting the teacher. 

“Just as a board of non-medical professionals should not reprimand a doctor’s medical decisions, a school board — particularly one of individuals who do not value educators — should not be allowed to reprimand a teacher,” said parent Stephanie Williams.

One speaker also called the board’s vote to reprimand an overreach of power. The board seemingly acknowledged the issue in a formal statement during Monday morning’s meeting. 

“The board of trustees does not intend to limit the discretion of responsibilities of the superintendent or the campus principal,” said board member Andrew Yeager. “The board encourages the superintendent to take actions he deems appropriate.”

After more than an hour in a hearing which took place behind closed doors, both sides eventually reached an agreement. 


“Ms. Farah’s pleased with the outcome and grateful that it has been resolved,” said Steven Poole, the executive director for the United Educators Association. “She loves this community, and her students and looks forward to continued success in the classroom.”

While Farah herself didn’t speak at the open meeting, she did hug her supporters before heading back to the classroom.

This controversy is just one of a few the district has faced so far this year. 

The Department of Education Office of Civil Rights also opened an investigation into Carroll ISD last fall after receiving multiple complaints.

MORE: Office for Civil Rights investigating allegations of discrimination at Carroll ISD

3 thoughts on “Carroll ISD board, teacher reach agreement after complaint about anti-racist book

  1. Opposing viewpoints to the holocaust? What, like whether or not it can be justified? Because the fact that it occurred is indisputable. Or perhaps the complainant comes from an alternative universe.

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    1. Hello Barry. Sadly in red states in the US the republicans in charge have passed laws that any of their rabid base can use to try to promote their bigotry and racism. A lot of these people believe in the goals and actions of the Nazis, and they want anything that is against the Nazis or their beliefs removed from schools and libraries. They don’t want kids taught the Nazis were wrong. They don’t want kids taught acceptance or tolerance of different religions or races, of the idea of equality. Because of the way the red states made the law all it takes is one parent to complain to get things removed. The rabid right and fundamentalist Christians have used those laws to remove anything that is not cis white straight or that makes those same people look bad. They are removing anything that talks of the horrors of slavery, or the LGBTQ+, or anything they think makes the US look bad. They are fanatics who are doing everything they can to have their own way and destroy anything / anyone that is different from them or their ideas. Best wishes.

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