Two Moms for Liberty members quit Central Bucks School Board

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JUNE 30: A person speaks ahead of Former Governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley speaking at the Moms for Liberty Summit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2023. (Photo by Hannah Beier for the Washington Post.)

By Sean Kitchen

February 16, 2024

The bad news keeps piling up for the rightwing “parental rights” group. 

Two Moms for Liberty members abruptly announced their resignations from the Central Bucks School Board in the middle of their meeting Tuesday night. 

The Bucks County Courier Times reported that Lisa Sciscio and Debra Cannon, two of the three remaining Republicans on the school board who were both endorsed by Moms for Liberty and elected in 2021, said they would resign.

The latest news for the beleaguered anti-LGBTQ, far-right extremist organization comes a week after the Lehigh County Moms for Liberty chapter voted to dissolve itself after their membership plummeted from 200 members to three. 

Sciscio said on Tuesday that her decision had to do with the fact that not all school board members were given information regarding possible litigation involving former Superintendent Abram Lauchbaugh, the Courier Times reported.

The previous school board voted to give Lauchbaugh an $85,550 raise that brought his salary to $315,000 in July, but he resigned from the school district following November’s election results

Outgoing board members voted to give Lauchbaugh a $700,000 separation agreement in November, but the new school board voted to take action with Lauchbaugh’s separation agreement in January. Sciscio refused to vote on the issue. 

Once Sciscio finished her remarks, Cannon announced that she too was resigning. 

“They don’t want to hear what we have to say,” Cannon added. “This is beyond unethical. It’s unlawful. I feel to stand by and idly watch and still move ahead with the ‘group think’ …. I will not do that.”

Neither Sciscio nor Cannon had formally submitted their written resignations as of Thursday morning, however, according to the Courier Times. The school board has become a lightning rod for right-wing culture war issues since the pandemic, when a group of parents became  upset over masking mandates. That anger fomented into conservative-led book bans and policies targetingLGBTQ students and teachers. 

When the new board was sworn-in in December, incoming school board president Karen Smith used a stack of banned books for the swearing-in ceremony. After  being sworn-in, the newly formed board went right to work and repealed the district’s prohibition on transgender athletes playing sports that align with their gender identity, revoked a ban on books with “sexualized content,” and ended a policy that prohibits teachers from talking about LGBTQ issues.

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  • Sean Kitchen

    Sean Kitchen is the Keystone’s political correspondent, based in Harrisburg. Sean is originally from Philadelphia and spent five years working as a writer and researcher for Pennsylvania Spotlight.

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