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Area Middle School Moms Appear on Fox News Show, Discuss Emphasis of Islam in Class

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Tucker Carlson of "Tucker Carlson Tonight" interviews Chatham moms Libby Hilsenrath and Nancy Gayer on his national show on Fox News Monday night Credits: TAP Chatham
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Chatham moms Libby Hilsenrath and Nancy Gayer appear on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" to talk about Chatham Middle School curriculum Credits: TAP Chatham
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Chatham moms Libby Hilsenrath and Nancy Gayer on his national show on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" aired on Fox News Monday night Credits: TAP Chatham
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Chatham Superintendent Dr. Michael LaSusa responded in writing to an inquiry from the "Tucker Carlson Tonight" producer Credits: TAP Chatham
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CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham moms Libby Hilsenrath and Nancy Gayer made their case about the Chatham Middle School's 7th Grade "World Cultures and Geography" class on national television's "Tucker Carlson Tonight" show, which aired on the Fox News Channel 9 p.m. Monday night.

The Chatham residents told how they questioned the emphasis on Islam in the class at the Chatham BOE meeting held Feb. 6 and had asked for equal treatment of all religions.

In the video of their appearance on the show below, they also detail the reaction from other Chatham residents, one of whom "stared down" Gayer while she was waiting in line at the supermarket, and comparisons to the "KKK," in social media venues.

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Chatham moms Libby Hilsenrath and Nancy Gayer appeared on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" on the Fox News Channel on Monday night

Chatham Superintendent Dr. Michael LaSusa responded to an inquiry by the producer of "Tucker Carlson Tonight" and shared his response with TAPinto Chatham here:

The School District of the Chathams delivers a curriculum that meets and exceeds the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. Said standards include subject matter on all of the world's major religions, including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and other faiths. The school district's curriculum reflects these standards and takes a balanced and thoughtful approach to how they are taught. The lessons on Islam that some of our parents have raised as an issue comprise approximately three days out of a 180-day school year. Further, in the scope of our full curriculum, content addressing Islam does not represent a disproportionate amount of time or resources.  It receives a treatment similar to the other world religions, as outlined by New Jersey's state standards.

On the show, Carlson asked how the superintendent responded to their request to meet with him about the curriculum and LaSusa responded here when asked by TAPinto Chatham to confirm his refusal to meet.

When administrators in the district spend hours meeting or corresponding with certain parents, at some point we have to make determinations as to what is productive and sustainable, and what is no longer productive and should advance to the level of the Board of Education.  This occurs from time to time when there is not agreement between the administration and the parent.  I believe that is where we are in this particular instance.

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