The ACLU has come out in opposition to curriculum transparency after years of arguing that "there can be no accountability without transparency." NBC ran a scathing article arguing that the dozen or so legislative proposals that would need schools to post their curriculum online so that parents could see what is taught are just workaround ways of being racist and transphobic. And the ACLU, rather than holding the line on transparency, backed them up. [tweet_embed] January 26, 2022[/tweet_embed] Though the ACLU, which claims to be the American Civil Liberties Union, used to be in favor of transparency. Not just in education, where they endorsed Las Vegas schools for holding off on approving sex ed standards until there was more transparency, though in 2020 argued that transparency was an essential component of accountability. For their latest efforts opposing transparency in education, the ACLU was roundly criticized by education activists and people who can distinguish truth from fiction. New York City parents and education advocate Maud Maron announced that "Curriculum transparency bills are just transparent attempts at preventing activist teachers from lying to parents about what they are teaching and promoting to children about race and gender in schools." [tweet_embed] January 26, 2022[/tweet_embed] Political commentator Kangmin Lee simply pointed out that the ACLU no longer means what the ACLU thinks it means. Psych professor and author Geoffrey Miller announced, "You think public school teachers have an inalienable right to indoctrinate kids without their parents knowing anything about what they're 'teaching'? That's an interesting new take on the concept of 'civil rights', @ACLU." And the activist account stressed, "The fall of your organization has been one of the most depressing aspects of the last few years. You have become a complete and total disgrace. A betrayal of your mission. Would you want curriculum transparency if public schools were teaching Christianity as fact?" Others took the opportunity to mention the obvious reversibility of the ACLU's founding principles. Meanwhile, ACLU has come up with another report, "Student Arrests in Allegheny County Schools: The Need for Transparency and Accountability." The report finds that some school districts regularly underreport data on student arrests to the public. Comparing school and justice system data, the report uncovers many more students are arrested or referred to police than schools admit. This under-reporting is especially true for students with disabilities and Black students, who are significantly more likely than other students to be arrested at school. [tweet_embed] January 26, 2022[/tweet_embed] "The data shortcomings raise serious concerns about whether these students are receiving the protections from discrimination guaranteed by law," said Harold Jordan, a co-author of the report and the nationwide education equity coordinator for the ACLU. "School officials make decisions about how and when to use law enforcement. Too often, they involve police in everyday school matters, when they are not required to do so. We need a full accounting of student-police interactions in Allegheny County."