Last Thursday, June 18, The Weymouth School Committee unanimously voted to support the following resolution. This resolution was published today by School Committee Member Rebecca Shangraw, and I am sharing it now because this is a great resolution, with support for specific actions that will make a difference in Weymouth Public Schools.
Resolution on Affirmation of Support for Black and Brown Staff, Students, and Community Members
Whereas, the Weymouth School Committee is committed to promoting the rights and responsibilities of all individuals as set forth in State and Federal Constitutions, and;
Whereas, the Weymouth School Committee is committed to creating and supporting educational environments that are positive, safe, and culturally responsive for students and staff members who represent a wide range of racial backgrounds, and;
Whereas, children, adolescents, and adults in Black and Brown communities continue to face disproportionately high rates of systemic racial bias, violence, and inequities, and; Whereas, students in Black and Brown communities have for too long been forced to confront institutionalized racial inequities deeply embedded in the United States’ public education system, and;
Whereas, the well-being and safety of our Black and Brown students, staff, and community members is a fundamental concern of the Weymouth School Committee, and;
Whereas, the Weymouth School Committee wants our Black and Brown students, staff, and community members to know that we see you, we hear you, we care about you, and we care about your future;
Therefore, be it resolved that: The Weymouth School Committee will immediately begin to investigate ways in which Weymouth Public Schools will increase support and representation for Black and Brown students and staff members throughout the District, and;
The Weymouth School Committee urges State and Federal policymakers to support laws and regulations that take immediate action to rectify the inequities faced by Black and Brown communities in the healthcare, housing, employment, judicial, and education sectors, and;
The Weymouth School Committee urges the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to provide all K-12 public schools in the state with the funding, resources, and guidance necessary to integrate culturally-responsive themes and learning objectives into curriculum frameworks and professional development opportunities.
The Weymouth School Committee supports the approval of the contract for an administrative review by Guilfoyle and Associates of the over identification of racial inequities in Special Education and suspension rates in Weymouth.