A 6th-grade math teacher in Kansas got hit with a $1,000 fine after quitting his job over mask mandates and critical race theory training in his school district.
“That was my final straw,” Josiah Enyart said after the Shawnee Mission School District sent an email on July 25 renewing its mask mandate for all students and unvaccinated teachers, Fox News reported Saturday.
When Enyart gave notice to the Comanche Elementary School in Overland Park, school district officials said he’d have to pay a $1,000 “liquidation penalty” for resigning after a specific deadline in his contract.
“I will be bringing my stuff, but I don’t plan on bringing a check,” Enyart told the Sentinel, a local nonprofit news outlet.
A GoFundMe page has been established to help him pay the $1,000 penalty to the district, which was already over $7,500.
Enyart resigned just days after the masks requirements were announced. But he had issues with new school policies for several years. In 2014, he said he disagreed with the school’s $20 million expenditure on new iPads or MacBooks for students.
After that the district began Deep Equity critical race theory training for teachers at a cost of $400,000, Fox News said. District officials also told teachers to “reject and resist any parents who disagree with” critical race theory, the Sentinel reported.
“It’s all critical race theory stuff,” Enyart said. “That was kind of the start where I realized, they’re really trying to bring this in and make it something.”
He also lambasted current educational standards.
“What a 12th grader has to know and get done to graduate is what a 5th grader had to do 40 years ago,” he added.