Carroll ISD Seeks To Punish Teachers Who Secretly Tape Internal Meetings – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Another initiative from Carroll Independent School District leaders raises eyebrows.

The district is considering banning teachers from recording school staff or meetings.

“This is another thing that they are trying to limit the damage that we are even more concerned about,” said Anya Kushwaha, former Carroll ISD.

On Monday, the board began considering a plan that would ban employees from secretly registering other employees.

The discussion comes after teachers shared an audio recording with NBC News of an administrator dictating new policies demanding teachers ensure all available books have a second book that offers an opposing view.

“Make sure if you have a book on the Holocaust,” said Gina Peddy, executive director of the curriculum, Carroll ISD. “May you have one who has an opponent, who has other perspectives. “

The remarks drew international criticism and now the district says such recordings would be banned.

“Not only will they have to notify, but they will have to get consent,” said Gordon Butler, deputy superintendent Carroll ISD. “We can’t foster a safe and collaborative environment if we think that someone is still recording and we don’t want the recordings to be taken out of context.”

The district says 30 other districts have similar rules in Texas despite state law that says you don’t need such consent.

Former students who have criticized the district’s perceived inaction on diversity issues say this is another attempt to silence them.

“It obviously targets teachers, by recording their meeting, but that’s all we have for accountability, no one believed us until we had tapes of our interactions with administrators and principals,” Kushwaha said.

The rule is still being discussed for debate, but most board members said they thought it was a good idea.

Council members even asked whether the rule should be extended not only to teachers, but also to students.

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