Arizona launches hotline to combat far-left classroom indoctrination

by Jacob Fuller

Katie Kerekes, FISM News

The Arizona Department of Education has launched a hotline for parents to report “inappropriate course curriculum” within the classroom.

According to the department’s website, Tom Horne, Superintendent of Public Instruction for the state of Arizona, has followed through on his campaign promise to implement the “Empower Hotline,” a tip line for parents to report “inappropriate public school lessons that detract from teaching academic standards.”

“We’ve asked parents to call in when they become aware of inappropriate teaching,” Horne said in an interview with Fox & Friends First Wednesday. “..that would include lessons that focus on race or ethnicity rather than individuals and merit, gender ideology, social-emotional learning, or inappropriate sexual content.”

Horne expressed that educators who are guilty of teaching these leftist ideologies “rob students of precious minutes of instruction time in core academics,” and maintains that instruction of such materials only serve as a distraction to students who are “a captive audience” to their instructors, while test scores remain historically low.

He credits the “parents’ revolt,” which swept the nation during remote learning in previous years, as the catalyst for this hotline, when parents and guardians crowded school board meetings expressing outrage at the content of classroom instruction exposed to their children.

The superintendent also presents the department’s awareness of the possibility of false accusations as the reason for a designated investigative team to check the validity of any allegations.

“As long as [educators] teach academics, they have absolutely nothing to worry about,” Horne said in an interview with Tucson-based NBC affiliate, KVOA News 4. “But when they start pushing a personal ideology, that’s a different story.”

The Arizona tip line mirrors the 2022 implementation of Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s own, in his push to make education void of “inherently divisive concepts.”

Those who wish to make a report can access the hotline via phone or email, and all pertinent information is listed on the department’s website.