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New Berlin school board member says he doesn't agree with Black History Month

February 27, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The comment was made in response to a discussion on diversity, race and inclusion within the district.

BUT IN A MEETING THIS WEEK BOARD MEMBERS DISAGREED ON HOW MUCH OF THE CONVERSATION OF RACE NEEDED TO BE COVERED.

>> -- THE DEBATE STARTED WHEN ONE BOARD MEMEBR SAID THEY WERE DISAPPOINTED THE SUPERINTENDENT’S PRESENTATION HADN’T ADDRESSED PARENTS’ AND STUDENTS’ CONCERNS OVER A LACK OF DISCUSSION AROUND RACE IN THE CURRICULUM.

-- ONE BOARD MEMBER IN PARTICUALR GOT UPSET AT THE MENTION OF POLICE BRUTALITY CASES AGAINST >> I WANT TO INTERJECT WITH THAT LAST STATEMENT, I’M PERSONALLY OFFENDED AT ONE ATTACK AT POLICE OFFICERS BECAUSE AS A MINUTE PORTION AND THAT STATISTICS SHOW IT.

New Berlin school board member says he doesn't agree with Black History Month

A New Berlin Board of Education member said they don't agree with Black History Month because it isn't inclusive of other races.

The comment was made during a debate on race, diversity and inclusion during a board of education meeting on Monday.

The debate started after a board member criticized Superintendent Joe Garza for not addressing a petition they'd received from New Berlin residents.

The meeting:During the public and recorded board of education meeting, board treasurer Kate Unger criticized the superintendent's presentation on diversity and inclusion within the district.

"I re-read that petition this weekend and this presentation, I do not feel, addresses that. " Board of education member Susan Manley chimed in.

"I completely disagree with the Black History Month, I really do, because if we're going to be inclusive we shouldn't be isolating by race period. "Kurth's statements went on for more than 2 minutes.

You need to be a good person, you need to love your neighbor, you need to get along with your neighbor, you need to include everybody into everything and we need to eliminate the whole race title out of it and include everyone. "After further discussion, board of education president Janet Schultz said they needed to wrap things up.

"It’s a tough subject, but I think maybe we need to come back to it with more information because I think that the school district is already doing a lot that people don’t know about. "Unger told the board she would be writing a letter to express her disappointment.

If they're hearing that from him, from a school board member, I just can't imagine how they would feel. "Dietrich said she was also confused why Garza's presentation didn't address the petition.

"What I meant by my comments is that we all have differences and are all unique and that we should continue to strive to promote the inclusion and diversity of all students, staff and community members. "Garza also responded to our request for comment with a statement: "We felt it was important to provide a presentation to the School Board about diversity and inclusion and our efforts to achieve both in the School District of New Berlin.

As we discussed at Monday’s meeting, our goal is to have all students, of any race, sexual orientation, religious background, socio-economic status, etc. , feel welcomed and included in our schools and in our district," Garza's statement said.

—A New Berlin Board of Education member said they don't agree with Black History Month because it isn't inclusive of other races.

The comment was made during a debate on race, diversity and inclusion during a board of education meeting on Monday.

The debate started after a board member criticized Superintendent Joe Garza for not addressing a petition they'd received from New Berlin residents.

The meeting:During the public and recorded board of education meeting, board treasurer Kate Unger criticized the superintendent's presentation on diversity and inclusion within the district.

"I completely disagree with the Black History Month, I really do, because if we're going to be inclusive we shouldn't be isolating by race period. "Kurth's statements went on for more than 2 minutes.

You need to be a good person, you need to love your neighbor, you need to get along with your neighbor, you need to include everybody into everything and we need to eliminate the whole race title out of it and include everyone. "After further discussion, board of education president Janet Schultz said they needed to wrap things up.

"It’s a tough subject, but I think maybe we need to come back to it with more information because I think that the school district is already doing a lot that people don’t know about. "Unger told the board she would be writing a letter to express her disappointment.

If they're hearing that from him, from a school board member, I just can't imagine how they would feel. "Dietrich said she was also confused why Garza's presentation didn't address the petition.

"What I meant by my comments is that we all have differences and are all unique and that we should continue to strive to promote the inclusion and diversity of all students, staff and community members. "Garza also responded to our request for comment with a statement: "We felt it was important to provide a presentation to the School Board about diversity and inclusion and our efforts to achieve both in the School District of New Berlin.

As we discussed at Monday’s meeting, our goal is to have all students, of any race, sexual orientation, religious background, socio-economic status, etc. , feel welcomed and included in our schools and in our district," Garza's statement said.

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