Decatur Schools and Community Organizations Respond to Recent State School Board Decision – Decaturish
Decatur, Georgia – Schools in the town of Decatur, the CSD Black Parents Alliance and the Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights are criticizing the resolution passed by the State Board of Education on Thursday, June 3, which supports a ban on teaching students about racism.
The resolution appears to target “critical race theory,” and it is in response to a letter signed by Governor Brian Kemp.
The resolution states that the State Board of Education “affirms that we will not endorse or release any K-12 public education resources or standards that (i) indoctrinate students into any social, political, ideology or theory, or (ii) promoting one race or gender over another.
It also states that the Board of Education believes that no state education agency, school district or school should teach, instruct or train employees to adopt or believe several concepts, including “(a) one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex; (b) an individual, by reason of race or gender, is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously; (c) an individual should be discriminated against or receive unfavorable treatment solely or in part on the basis of race; (d) members of a race cannot or must not attempt to treat others without respect for the race… ”
To read the full resolution, click here.
Schools in the town of Decatur remain committed to tackling the origins and presence of race and racism, and exerting local control over curricula and professional learning to achieve these goals, the district leadership said in a statement.
“The misguided and ill-informed resolution of the State Board of Education of June 3 undermines local control and harms all children,” the statement said.
While the State Board of Education’s resolution is a set of statements of conviction, it would have a chilling effect on the local Georgia education agency and its ability to initiate and sustain the difficult work of addressing racial equity in their community. community, indicates the statement.
“We are saddened that the body charged with setting educational standards so deeply undermines the ability of educators to advance the educational outcomes of all students,” CSD management said in the statement. “Moreover, this resolution would fuel the efforts of malicious actors who more openly create spurious barriers and distractions to fight racial equity. Considering how dramatically racially disparate the educational outcomes of students in Georgia, this resolution would mindlessly stultify the ability of school districts to innovatively fill learning gaps.
In order to address racial disparities, the school district and educators need to be able to talk about it, especially when conversations can be uncomfortable.
“This resolution would harm all students by distorting history and seeking to deny them the space and tools to critically examine our country’s past and present actions that have marginalized people of color,” said the management of the CSD.
The resolution would silence school districts or reduce the volume of conversations, but the CSD will not remain silent, the statement said.
“We are committed to our efforts. We are responsible for fostering anti-racist learning environments where every child is respected and valued for who they are, regardless of skin color, gender, sexual identity or orientation, ability or disability, or any other marginalized category, ”the statement said. “We will not accept educational environments where students are subjected to conditions in which their identity makes them the target of abuse. Nor will we accept a resolution that comes dangerously close to limiting the right to free speech of our staff and students. “
The CSD statement was signed by Superintendent Maggie Fehrman, her cabinet, principals, the CSD Education Council and the Decatur Education Foundation.
To read the full statement, click here.
Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights co-chairs Mawuli Davis and Fonta High, and CSD Black Parents Alliance chairwoman Carmen Sulton, also criticized the action. In a joint statement, they said race, racism, white supremacy and all of its manifestations should be discussed.
“The [Georgia] The State Board of Education’s set of hypothetical and misleading statements, thinly veiled as a last-minute, night-time ‘resolution’, appear destined to erase the hundreds of years of systemic racism on which this country was built, ” indicates the press release. . “The Council tries to avoid facing the problem of race and racism in Georgia and America. They hope to hide the complicated truth of our country in a miasma of patriotic noise in hopes of stifling the voices of the millions of people of color disenfranchised by the white supremacist culture in the United States.
Beacon Hill will not accept educational environments where students are subjected to conditions in which their identities and histories have been erased, the statement said.
“Our organization is committed to engaging in changes in policies and practices that oppose all forms of racism at the interpersonal, internalized, organizational and systemic levels,” the statement said. “Georgia students deserve an identical commitment from their State Board of Education. We ask for the support of the entire Decatur community to fight this attack against our collective efforts to move forward in fairness and justice.
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