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A Resolution Of The Lake Oswego School Board Of Directors Condemning Racism And Committing To Being An Anti-Racist School District

WHEREAS, members of the Lake Oswego School Board, as well as the Lake Oswego School District staff, are saddened and outraged by recent events that demonstrate the prejudice and injustice that persists in our country;

WHEREAS, racism and hate have no place in our schools or our society, and we must protect the Constitutional rights of every person who lives, works and learns in our community;

WHEREAS, we cannot be silent. We urgently must act to stop the racial injustice that harms and anguishes people of color and black students in particular, who are our family, friends, neighbors, students, staff members, and fellow community members;

WHEREAS, systemic racism and racial oppression have long led to physical, political, legal, economic, and environmental harm on people of color in the United States and Oregon, specifically;

WHEREAS, we must lead. Each of us, individually and collectively, is responsible for creating and nurturing an anti-racist learning environment where every child is respected and valued for who they are, regardless of their skin color. We must actively acknowledge, address and prevent racial bias;

WHEREAS, students, parents and community members in our district have consistently reported experiencing and witnessing racism and hate speech in our schools;

WHEREAS, the Lake Oswego School District is working to be a leader on educational equity, including critically analyzing our current system, policies and practices, but we also recognize that the district has not done enough to combat racism or proactively teach anti-racism, and as a result, our students of color, and black students in particular, still regularly experience racism in our schools;

Now, therefore, be it resolved on this 22nd day of June 2020, by the Board of the Lake Oswego School District, that, the district condemns racism, racial violence, white supremacy, hate speech, and bigotry in all forms inside and outside of our schools and community, and stand steadfast in our commitment to foster an inclusive educational environment where every student, staff member, parent, and community member is treated with dignity and respect, as well as our commitment to continue fighting for racial justice and human and civil rights for all, and

The district reaffirms commitments in the LOSD Equity Policy and will continue to strive to implement the policy; and
The district will work to be actively anti-racist and dismantle systemic racism in our schools and empower people of color; and
The district affirms the importance of culturally responsive practices, literature, curriculum and assignments that represent the diversity of our world, and that accurately honor the contributions of historically marginalized communities, and we acknowledge our current curriculum does not achieve this yet; we commit to using an equity lens for all future curriculum adoptions and course development, as required in board policy; and
The district commits to continuing to require schools to track and report racist incidents in our schools in a way that both complies with privacy laws and increases transparency; and
The district commits to dedicating time in schools for professional development, culturally responsive training, book studies, for celebrations of diversity on behalf of people of color, for critical conversations among staff and with students, and establishing community partnerships to support this work; and
The district believes that having a diverse faculty and staff reflective of the demographics of the community, country and world, provides significant value to students of color and all students and adults, and will commit to put practices in place that will lead to a more diverse workforce.
ADOPTED this 22nd day of June, 2020



Submitted: Mar 28, 2021