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Pro-censorship activism of McCrory Board of Ed nominee draws more criticism

Todd Chasteen

State Board of Education nominee Todd Chasteen sits with book challenger Chastity Lesesne at hearing on Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits. (Photo credit: Lonnie Webster)

It’s a crazy busy week at the General Assembly, so a lot of folks may have already lost sight of Gov. McCrory’s recent bizarre nomination of Samaritan’s Purse lawyer Todd Chasteen to serve on the state Board of Education. Fortunately, however, some rational people are speaking out about why the nomination is a very troubling development.

Here, for instance, is veteran journalist Andrea Krewson in a post on her blog this week, Global Vue, entitled “Todd Chasteen is the wrong nominee for the N.C. Board of Education”:

“Gov. Pat McCrory’s latest nominee for the N.C. Board of Education, J. Todd Chasteen of Samaritan’s Purse, fought to ban a book from honors English classes at Watauga High School in 2014.

Nominees for the board go through the N.C. General Assembly, and given its track record, it’s likely Chasteen’s nomination could go through. But it’s another example of the many troubling moves that hand leadership in North Carolina to extremists that don’t represent the values of many of the people in the state. The General Assembly should think twice before letting this nomination sail through….

His involvement in trying to keep a book away from other students should be enough to disqualify him from the N.C. Board of Education. Taken in the context of McCrory’s nominees over time, it’s clear that his nomination is just another step stifling the voices of many consumers of public schools.”

Meanwhile, the Charlotte Observer published the following excellent letter by Alan Crighton of Apex this morning:

Chasteen not qualified to be on state education board

Gov. Pat Mcrory’s recent nomination of J. Todd Chasteen to the State Board of Education raises some serious questions about the real motives for his appointment.

With little in the way of any education background, except that his wife is administrator of a private Christian school in Boone, he utterly lacks the required background to serve the state’s public school system and the children it serves.

Last year he was instrumental in efforts to ban a book from Watauga County schools, much to our state’s public and national embarrassment at the time.

The current administration can do better, and should, by selecting a qualified candidate, one who places the interests of a sound public education system ahead of partisanship and ideology.”

One Comment


  1. LayintheSmakDown

    April 30, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    So we should be opposed to the guy who wants to ban something from a curriculum…….while a post a page ago is in favor of banning something you may not agree with from a curriculum. Hypocrisy thy name is progressivism.

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