Can you join me and write a letter to members of the Senate Education Committee?
Subject: Send a letter: Support Ethnic and Social Equity Standards in Schools
I wrote a letter for the Action Network letter campaign “Support Ethnic and Social Equity Standards in Schools “.
In 1999 the Vermont Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights published a report called Racial Harassment in Vermont Public Schools that described the state of racism in Vermont public schools. The report concluded that “racial harassment” appeared “pervasive in and around the state’s public schools,” and observed that “the elimination of this harassment” was “not a priority among school administrators, school boards, elected officials, and state agencies charged with civil rights enforcement.” A follow-up report in 2003 concluded that the problem persisted and On December 2017, The Act 54 report on Racial Disparities in State Systems, issued by the Attorney General and Human Rights Commission Task Force was released. According to the report, education is one of the five state systems in which racial disparities persist and need to be addressed. The Ethnic and Social Equity Standards Advisory Working Group proposed as part of the education Miscellaneous Bill S.257 addresses the pervasive systemic racism that exists within our schools by tackling the issue at its root and by also ending the systemic marginalization of other groups including communities with disabilities, LGBTQIA communities, and women. One of the characteristics of systemic racism is that the systems and structures (i.e. the education system) in place work to marginalize non-dominant groups, even if the individuals running the system do not have deliberate discriminatory intent. The purpose of is to undo this systemic racism in the Vermont Education system. A quality education is the foundation that every person needs in order to live well in a complex modern society like the U.S. in the twenty-first century. The intent of The Ethnic and Social Equity Standards Advisory Working Group proposed as part of the education Miscellaneous Bill S.257 is to establish new standards for pre-K through 12th grade that will provide Vermont students a quality education that will prepare them to live in a more diverse Vermont and a more diverse country, and to have a more accurate representation of history and the world. Ethnic and social equity standards are a necessary and desired precondition for addressing the systemic inequalities and disparities in the Vermont educational system. Please write to the House and Senate Education Committees and tell them that you support Ethnic Studies standards and Social Equity in Schools.
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