The Equity task force provided a series of recommendations which are on the agenda for approval. There are several actions which are cause for concern, and we ask that people provide input. The entire recommendation may be found here: MetaViewer.php (granicus.com)
Please provide input to the Hermosa Beach School Board via this document: Hermosa Beach City School District Public Comments for School Board Meetings during the COVID-19 Pandemic; June 9th, 2021 (google.com).
Comments are due by NOON June 9.
Many thanks to the school board for allowing written public comment! We greatly appreciate your willingness to listen to the public.
Slide #5 – the creation of another committee, the Equity and Inclusion Committee. These committees serve as political cover for the school board. They can claim they have engaged the community but the reality is that the committee members will be hand picked by the board and/or staff and it is nearly a guarantee that they will be people who fully support these initiatives – it will not be a cross section of the community. These people are unelected and unaccountable and would essentially exist as a shadow government. We have a school board for a reason – they are the ones accountable. Never ending committees are not a good thing in government, and if they wish to create a new one, it should be finite with a very specific goal. But the bottom line is – they already created a committee, why the need for another one?
Slide #10 – Equity Dashboard. The school needs to be very transparent with their ultimate goals. Equity is the same as equal outcomes, which is impossible when children possess a variety of intellectual levels and skills. The ultimate goal for many of these equity programs is to ensure children do not excel, because it may disillusion others.
Slide #12 – More professional development for staff, a-la Sheri Atwater. Bottom line – we should not put teachers in a position of being lectured to by a DEI consultant. It is divisive and not productive. There are teachers who actually do not agree with this, but they are being silenced by the administration – similar to what happened on college campuses, when rational teachers were eventually pushed out.
Slide #14 – Speaker series – let’s just remind everyone of the speaker invited to Portland schools to speak to 3rd graders. Link can be found here here. No speakers on this subject matter in a K-8 program!
Slide #16 – Probably the most disturbing – BIAS RESPONSE PROCEDURES. Before this moves forward at all, there should be a very deep discussion as to what this entails and who could be subjected to the Bias Response Team. Will children or teachers be in the firing line of someone who determined that there words were a “microaggression”. This is potentially a violation of someone’s first amendment rights and could create a culture of intimidation on school campuses, if a child or teacher dare to speak against the DEI orthodoxy. This needs to be fully vetted!
We have STRENGTH in numbers, and TOGETHER we can be a force that pushes back against these changes and instead pushes for EXCELLENCE and an APOLITICAL educational environment that allows students to develop critical thinking skills, the ability to debate varying points of view and above all, continue to strive for excellence in education.