I wanted to see if I could get your assessment on what is being introduced at my kids school in Broomfield Colorado (Prospect Ridge Academy) I got wind through an online petition of sort about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) program that has started, or will start. At this point, I am concerned that we were not notified. What can we do to get the word out there? I am concerned that many parents are unaware that this program is being implemented…..
Here is the petition with a short summary. Attached is a format of the program.
On February 3rd, the current Prospect Ridge Academy Board of Directors voted on and approved the hiring of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant to (according to the proposal) "revise the organization's strategic plan..." Neither PRA parents nor the PRA DEIB Committee was consulted or was a part of this decision.
We parents support the goal of anti-discrimination vehemently, but the hiring of this consultant, with no prior experience working in the education sector, will not accomplish this goal. The vendor was not selected through an appropriate Request For Proposal (RFP) process, they were instead fast-tracked behind closed doors. They will be hired at the cost of ~$3k/month for a minimum of 6 months, with likelihood of a necessitated longer term engagement. In order for the consultant to "offer PRA a significantly discounted rate" they are also asking for allocation of school resources. This will take focus off of education for our school leadership, staff and volunteers, and they will instead be spending time conducting data mining surveys on our children, asking them identity-based questions that parents have not approved and are not made privy to.
What should we do?
Submitted: Mar 07, 2022