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“i see the growing diversity in our schools as a positive trend,” says haas.
as superintendent, it is his responsibility to ensure students have a safe learning environment.
haas says they will prioritize gathering this data going forward.
he notes that these are only the incidents that were reported to principals. there are likely more.
ultimately, the parent had to be prohibited from coming into contact with that principal.
they will handle these dress code infractions the same way they handle any dress code infraction.
if the student repeatedly violates the policy, it’s not about the dress code, it’s about defiance. “we’re investing a lot in programs not to suspend students.”
he cites northam’s blackface scandal. “he’s a grownup. we’re dealing with little kids,” who need help making the right decisions.
“i’m worried,” he repeats, as he lists these symbols of hate.
the conversation about banning these symbols can continue, but this step can be taken now.
the district has moved in the past to restrict even the stickers teachers can have on their laptops.
“that would not be possible,” haas says, but he’s outlining the ones he already knows are a problem - the ones we saw in the streets on august 12.
“you’ve already given me the authority by hiring me.”
“i think it’s a dereliction of duty” to ignore the teachers, the students, the public, and the superintendent.
he wants to discuss still more about the dress code & enshrine these things specifically.
“i’m not particularly happy that matt [haas] has made this decision.” and thinks this creates potential legal liability.
“matt INFORMED us of his policy,” acuff says with some bitterness.
(the crowd snapped gently for him as he finished. this isn’t allowed, but no one stopped us.)
“black folks have been here for 400 years. we know how to deal with racist white people,” she says. “you need to ban it now.”
“it is dangerous to be a student of color in ACPS.” she’s talking about the incident that happened on MLK day.
she thanks dr haas his presentation but notes that everything he said tonight is the same as what they’ve been telling the board for a year.
“we demand you stop hiding being an antiracism policy”
“we want ACPS to be an antiracist institution.”
“i challenge you to stick your neck out” and do what’s right for students.
“it will send a strong message to students of color” that their school cares about them and wants to keep them safe.
of haas’s proposal tonight, “that’s what moral leadership looks like.”
dr haas is putting into place a regulation, but the policy the board makes “signals to employees what’s important and what’s not important”