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Cerro Gordo Democrats join state party in outrage over GOP Senate leader calling Iowa teachers “sinister”



This news story was published on January 13, 2022.
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Extreme right-wing Republican Jake Chapman used the word “sinister” to describe teachers in Iowa schools.

DES MOINES – Only minutes into the brand new 2022 Iowa Legislative session, jaw-dropping attacks and accusations were hurled by the extreme right-wing Senate leader against the teddy bears of public servants – teachers.

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The Iowa Legislature opened up for its 2022 session Monday morning, and just minutes into the first day, Republican Senate President Jake Chapman of Adel used his opening remarks to refer to Iowa teachers as “sinister,” saying teachers are “normalizing sexually deviant behavior against our children” and Iowa teachers are “sinister” in teaching their “agenda” in the classroom.

In response to the brazen attack on Iowa’s beleaguered, hard-working, underpaid teachers, a statement was released by Iowa State Education Association President Mike Beranek and forwarded  by Cerro Gordo county Democrats.  They demanded Chapman apologize for his “divisive” and “outrageous” remarks:

“We are outraged by lows Senate President Jake Chapman’s claims that the individuals working so hard in low’s public schools have “sinister” motives in their intent to educate students.

We remind Sen. Chapman the individuals he is attacking are the same ones who have delivered food, school supplies and electronic devices to families and students shut-in during the pandemic. Educators continue to cover colleagues’ classrooms while Omicron races through their workplaces. They lead and teach in overcrowded classrooms with outdated materials, pay out of their own pockets for Kleenex, food, and classroom supplies for whom it means so much, and continue to fight for safe and healthy school environments because they know their workplace directly affects their students.

In my more than 34 years as a public education employee, I have witnessed countless selfless acts by my colleagues. Not once have I witnessed so-called sinister ones.

Senator Chapman owes all Iowans an apology for his attempt at dividing us with cheap, angry, and untruthful rhetoric. We call on all elected leaders, regardless of party affiliation, to stand in support of the more than 50,000 education professionals working so hard on behalf of Iowa families.”

Chapman wants total control over books in Iowa schools, apparently taking choice away from professional educators and placing parents and the lawmakers in charge.  He said, “The attack on our children is no longer hidden.  Those who wish to normalize sexually deviant behavior against our children, including pedophilia and incest, are pushing this movement more than ever before … some teachers are disguising sexually obscene material as desired subject matter and profess it has artistic and literary value.”

Chapman has indicated he would put teachers in jail if they teach “obscene” material that evidently, he would judge in that context.

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30 Responses to Cerro Gordo Democrats join state party in outrage over GOP Senate leader calling Iowa teachers “sinister”

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 15, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    I’m a teacher cuz I can’t DO
    Just let me be and give me a raise

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 14, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    Unions do terminate!!! By omission of representation, it happens all the time to those who disagree or are conservative

  3. John Reply Report comment

    January 14, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    The Dems are outraged that someone is concerned that we have porn in some School Libraries, and those School systems refuse to remove the porn? If these books were read out loud on a radio station, that station would be taken off air by the FCC and lose it’s license to broadcast. In fact, at one School board meeting, a mother started to read the book to the School board, as she read it, the live stream of the meeting was taken down because of the content in that book was so sexually explicit. We don’t need our kids exposed to this crap. If you want your kids reading it, you should not be a parent in my opinion.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 14, 2022 at 7:48 pm

      Your definition of porn and a legal definition (there is one but it’s vague as hell) are probably quite different. My mother would call what is on channel 3 porn but to her, ‘porn’ was sex. If a woman showed too much (in her opinion) cleavage on television, it was porn. Kids today have access to sex, including porn, on their computers or watches or ipads anytime they want it. They are naturally curious about life at that age and why not have that exposure to sex in a controlled place where questions can be answered plainly? Or would you rather have them exposed in a dark alley or with 5 of her/his friends or someplace where an adult can honestly answer their questions? I know plenty of books that wouldn’t be read at a School Board meeting and they are classics.
      Finally, I would think parents who sit down and discuss the book with their children are very fit to be parents. It is not 1966 John.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 14, 2022 at 10:59 am

    Teacher unions ARE the PROBLEM. Most teachers would agree if they weren’t afraid to be terminated.
    Also those local representatives who support them at All COSTS need to be removed from office.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 14, 2022 at 3:09 pm

      “Most teachers would agree if they weren’t afraid to be terminated.” Unions don’t terminate teachers.

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 14, 2022 at 10:45 am

    When obama was in office the teachers union was noted in some large newspapers as being a terrorist union and democrat controlled so this message is maybe under ratyed.

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 14, 2022 at 6:29 am

    President Trump saved the Supreme Court!

  7. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 13, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    There are still democrats left.?!?!?
    Hard to believe…….

  8. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 13, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    Meanwhile, enrollment in Mason city schools goes down and enrollment at nearby schools goes up.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 14, 2022 at 9:14 am

      Any proof of that? Didn’t think so.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 14, 2022 at 9:21 am

        Check the numbers moron. Attendance is down, spending is up.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          January 14, 2022 at 9:28 am

          I am asking you to provide some proof that numbers are down in Mason City and up everywhere else.

        • John Reply Report comment

          January 14, 2022 at 5:40 pm

          The enrollment is down, and our taxes were increased 24.5% this year, it is outrageous, over $4.5 million increase to the Mason City Schools this year compared to last year!

          • Anonymous

            January 14, 2022 at 7:25 pm

            So what are you doing about it? Here is a blurb that explains part of that 5 million is because the state won’t up the special education allotment. 14 years the same amount of money given for special education. The really telling statement is the last one in the article.
            “The board held a public hearing last night about the budget, but no one from the public or on the board made any comments.”
            No one showed up to comment. Must have been ok then.
            https://www.kglonews.com/mason-city-school-board-approves-districts-fy-2022-budget/

          • Anonymous

            January 15, 2022 at 1:14 am

            Gotta pay for that new pool and the 10 kids on the swim team. And also a state of the art facility for all the athletics with losing records( basketball, football). Meanwhile the schools rank keeps falling in a state that’s rank keep falling.

  9. Mr. Right Reply Report comment

    January 13, 2022 at 12:42 pm

    The homo sapien breeding age is 12-27 and has been for tens of thousands of years. Most species on the planet do not live beyond breeding age. Homo sapiens are one of the few who do. Putting adults in with sexually maturing students will lead to these teachers ‘naturally’ acting out in sexually predatory ways. Institutions such as schools are filled with ongoing sexual abuses. And always have been. Being two faced to these abuses make those in the know just as guilty as those ‘stalking’ their students. Flunkies!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 13, 2022 at 6:55 pm

      Glad l waited til 30 before l started a family

  10. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 13, 2022 at 11:21 am

    If you are still a democrat!
    You are an IDIOT !!!!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 13, 2022 at 12:02 pm

      At least we are not trumpettes.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 13, 2022 at 6:53 pm

        Nope, just idiots. enjoy your trip over the cliff

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 13, 2022 at 8:46 pm

      And if you are a Republican you are BRAINDEAD. We need teachers and they get paid crap for babysitting and trying to teach our kids to learn, and if you think you can do a better job why don’t you volunteer to teach a class room of 30 students an hour for eight hours a day, and let’s see how you handle those student that each have different personality.
      You Republicans are all hypocrites. It’s not okay for BLM to protest or riot, but it is okay for you people to storm the capital and torture people to try to destroy our democracy. Your cult leader is no different than Charles Manson. Manson didn’t stab those people with a knife. He sent his cronies to do it for him. Your cult leader Trump didn’t torture the capital. He sent his cronies to do it for him.
      I used to vote Republican, Democrat, and Independent. I admit I was upset when the person I vote for didn’t win, but I accepted it and moved on. It is like a game of football you watch the game, but your team loses you accept it and move on, or are you going to try to knock the crap out all the players that bet your team. I think not.
      What the Republican Party has become makes me want to throw-up. I see them now as a bunch of cowards’ gas lighting everything. I am not sure what their message is anymore except to be memes for Trump with a cork in their mouths. If I ever vote for a Republican again I want them to speak-up and out about their plans not coward to one person. I want someone that is vocal and not silent. And not anyone who cowards at an insult of someone. Someone who gets dished out that can dish the crap right back.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 14, 2022 at 6:27 am

        You never voted Republican. You are to stupid and we don’t want your kind you freakin crybaby!