Carlisle School Board incumbent works with extreme GLBT Youth in Iowa Schools Task Force, says school board member’s job not to evaluate books

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Hillary Gardner represents District 1 on the Carlisle School Board. She is running for re-election. And, based on some answers she provided to a Carlisle resident about issues pertaining to LGBTQ things in the district, she may not be right for the job.

Gardner said she worked with the previous high school principal to arrange a speaker or training from GLBT Youth in Iowa Schools Task Force (fictitiously known as Iowa Safe Schools). We have documented the extreme, vulgar history of the group, but in case you missed it, here are a few lowlights:

A TIMELINE: Iowa Safe Schools is dangerous and wicked
Auditor’s Office currently investigating Iowa Safe Schools
VULGARITY WARNING: Check out Annual Governor’s Conference presentation to Iowa students on sex, and what it compares holding hands to
Iowa Safe Schools ‘Governor’s Conference’ has been plenty controversial in the past, Branstad rejected requests to change name

GLBT Youth in Iowa Schools Task Force doesn’t belong in schools. It doesn’t belong around children.

Nonetheless, Gardner is a partner with the group.

In the midst of a statewide controversy over sexually explicit books being in Iowa school libraries, Gardner said she does not believe it is a school board member’s job to evaluate books.

“In general, I think book bans are harmful without intentional research and multiple perspectives involved,” she wrote. “I am not looking at any specific books to be removed at this time. I was asked today by several community members to read two specific books in order to be well-informed on recent community discourse.”

“Gender Queer” is available in the Carlisle School District at its high school. You can learn more about that book here and see the pictures in it here, but know the pictures are incredibly inappropriate.