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Port Huron Schools take action against racism

By Joseph Hayes

The Port Huron Schools Board of Education made an official action recently to do its part to address the district’s position to support and emphasize equality for its students.

The district took official action last week with the board stating it had adopted an official resolution to Eradicate Racism and Create More Equitable and Inclusive Schools for All Children.

It passed unanimously.

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“I am really proud of our Board of Education for deciding we need to make a statement and it needs to be a proactive statement,” Superintendent Jamie Cain said.

“Everyone knows what is going on in our world right now, especially in our country and the district put out a statement a few weeks ago that simply communicated we won’t tolerate racism. Our Board of Education certainly felt that was a priority for them as well.”

The resolution stated:

WHEREAS, the Port Huron Area School District stands firmly against all acts of individual and systemic racism;

WHEREAS, we wish to end violence and injustices and unequivocally declare that black lives matter and that an injustice to one is an injustice to all;

WHEREAS, we have a moral obligation to provide a safe, equitable and high-quality education for all students where we celebrate all the attributes that form children and hold true to the ideal that we are all created equal;

WHEREAS, we believe that our schools are a vital part of a much larger world and can play a powerful role in changing people’s perceptions and processes;

WHEREAS, we believe that our schools must uphold the public’s trust by fostering understanding, acceptance, respectful discourse and inclusion among all students;

WHEREAS, we believe that educators should be life-long learners about race and systemic racism and should be provided the necessary resources to facilitate discussions of race and racism and to help themselves and students understand history and humanity from diverse points of view;

WHEREAS, we believe that the District has a responsibility to continually reflect upon and amend curriculum, training, policies and practices to help root out racism;

WHEREAS, we believe that in partnership with the District we must review current and proposed state budgets, standards, policies, legislation and policy guidance to ensure that they promote equity and aggressively discourage and disrupt practices that allow racial inequities to persist;

THEREFORE, let it be resolved that the Port Huron Area School District Board of Education does hereby commit to stand against any and all acts of racism, disrespect, violence, and inequitable treatment of any person and to work with the District to provide leadership and support to the staff and students in their efforts to help eradicate racism and to create more equitable and inclusive schools for all children.

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