This resolution was created by the Mass Association of School Committee Board of Directors, and was adopted by the CCLCS Board of Trustees at its meeting on January 25, 2021.
RESOLUTION 3: SCHOOL COMMITTEE ANTI-RACISM RESOLUTION (Submitted by the MASC Board of Directors)
WHEREAS as schools have the responsibility to equip students with their civil right of obtaining a free and appropriate public education, it is the responsibility of each school to ensure we create a welcoming community for ALL students; and
WHEREAS it is the responsibility that every district provide to all district staff, including School Committee members, annual professional development on diversity, equity and inclusion; and
WHEREAS every district will commit to recruiting and retaining a diverse and culturally responsive teaching workforce; and
WHEREAS every district will examine their policies for institutional and systemic racialized practices and implement change with sustainable policies that are evidence based; and
WHEREAS every district will incorporate into their curriculum the history of racial oppression and works by black authors and works from diverse perspectives; and
WHEREAS we as school district leaders can no longer remain silent to the issues of racism and hate that continue to plague our public and private institutions;
RESOLVED: that Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School and all the school districts in the Commonwealth must guarantee that racist practices are eradicated, and diversity, equity and inclusion is embedded and practiced for our students, families, faculty and staff.
We must ensure our own school culture and that of every district in the Commonwealth is anti racist, that acknowledges that all lives cannot matter until black lives matter.