It didn’t take long for Mississippi State School Superintendent Carey Wright to fall in line like a good bureaucrat.
On Friday the 13th, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice issued their lawless edict threatening public schools and universities if they refused to open up their restrooms, locker rooms, dormitories, and probably sports teams to both sexes.
Before the day was out, Dr. Wright’s office had surrendered without a fight: “A safe and caring school environment is critical to a student’s ability to learn and achieve. The Mississippi Department of Education will adhere to . . . the joint guidance issued today” by the federal overlords.
Dr. Wright, with her credentials burnished in the liberal confines of DC and Maryland, apparently misread the landscape in Mississippi. As she was rushing to prove her fealty to the Obama administration, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant was hitting Twitter to urge the state Department of Education to ignore the decree.
Then both houses of the legislature weighed in, blasting Dr. Wright for “ma[king] the decision to usurp the [state] board’s authority and unilaterally issue the policy decision to acquiesce to the illegal demands of the federal government. For this, the superintendent must be held accountable.”
Dr. Wright finally reversed her decision, not with a ringing endorsement of state autonomy and protection of children, but with a meek acknowledgement that her department would “follow the lead” of state elected officials and take no action until the State Board of Education could meet.
Some Mississippi legislators weren’t mollified by her forced retreat. Noting the glaring disconnect between the views and values of Dr. Wright and those of Mississippians. Senators Michael Watson and Angela Hill called for her resignation. In this they were joined by the Mississippi-based American Family Association.
AFA Action spokesman Rob Chambers announced, “We do not believe that Dr. Wright is fit to serve as the leader for our children, and the parents of our children, in the State of Mississippi.”
The dispute in Mississippi illustrates the fundamental problem with the education establishment nationwide. . . .
Jane Robbins is an attorney and a senior fellow with the American Principles Project.