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Francis Howell Board of Education to Review Racism Resolution [Editorial]

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Credit to Michaela Manfull

Making everyone, regardless of their background, feel safe and seen at every building in the Francis Howell School District should be a top priority. Although, at times some members of the community feel as if it’s just a second thought. Over the summer, the school board passed a new policy that allows for resolutions to be automatically nulled after 75 days when the majority of the current board wasn’t part of their creation process.

The Board should be reviewing each of these resolutions and explaining in well thought-out reasoning to the Francis Howell community on why they’re removing or editing old resolutions. Lack of communication with the Francis Howell community leads to major outrage and negative media attention, like we’ve seen with the Anti-Racism Resolution. The Board needs to seriously reconsider how they address these resolution changes and removals, or our entire district will face backlash for the actions of few. It seems as if the board has the best of intentions but they need to remember that they will always be under a microscope from the community and even a little bit of miscommunication will end up in people being upset with them.

The lack of insight given to the community from the Board of Education about the removal of the anti-racism resolution has led to many members of the community feeling scared about their safety and how they will be protected against racism during school hours. To combat these feelings, there are a few things the board and the community need to help each other with to better understand one another so everyone can come together and improve the district as a whole. For starters, the Francis Howell community needs to better understand what the difference between a resolution and a policy is. A resolution is just a statement by the board that goes into greater detail about their stance on a policy. Even if this resolution were to get removed, it doesn’t mean that it automatically becomes okay to openly discriminate against other members of the community without punishment. The board however, needs to realize that silence in a situation like this and removing this resolution causes them to receive unnecessary backlash.

While the resolution might not affect the seven white board members directly, it affects a part of the Francis Howell community. And if it made that group feel safer coming to school/work and didn’t attack other students or faculty, then there is no real justification in removing it. Instead of removing it the board should consider adding two major tweaks.

The first is that the Board should go more in-depth on the zero tolerance stand and the consequences for those who commit these acts of bigotry. The resolution should not only make those who are affected by it feel safer, but it should also deter those who might commit those acts from doing them. The second change should be for the resolution to expand its reach and not only mention how racism isn’t tolerated, but how other acts of discrimination based on sexuality, wealth, disabilities, etc have zero tolerance within the district.

While there have been some people saying that the district is okay with racism, it’s important to remember as a community that in the year of 2023, schools by in large have become more progressive than ever before and that our school board would never pass a policy allowing for racism or other forms of hatred to be tolerated. That being said, the board has an amazing opportunity at their disposal to prove skeptics wrong by not only keeping this resolution, but by adding onto it so even more members of the community feel seen.

The Board can prove these individuals correct and make members of our community feel hurt and unseen, or they can prove them wrong and show skeptics they had the wrong idea about this new policy by further uniting our community and showing that everyone is welcome and seen in the Francis Howell community.

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