By Janey Tate
School Board Member Marta Perez, said NO to tolerance and anti-racism curriculum in Miami-Dade County Public Schools– an idea brought to the table by School Board Member Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall in their lastest school board meeting. In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, the calls for arrests of the cop who killed, and the subsequent protests across the nation, many elected officials have been using this energy to get more policies passed to address racism on every level. Bendross-Mindingall’s board item rightfully does just that.
However, let it sink in that Republican Perez said NO to teaching students about racism and cultural understanding. People like this lead our institutions yet we wonder why there’s not equality or equity. The people voted her into that seat, so that means she’s supposed to serve whats best for the community.
I implore you that it’s not enough for us to just know who is running in OUR areas, we have to know the people that our elected officials have to work with. Our representatives can have the greatest ideas for laws, items, resolutions, etc, but if the rest of the governing body doesn’t want that then how effective can our elected officials be?
The Miami Herald reported the following about the proposed curriculum:
On Wednesday June 10th , Bendross-Mindingall, who sits on the same School Board that uprooted her family and represents the same area from where she was evicted, talked about her proposal to take a hard look at how racism and cultural understanding is taught in schools.
“Racism is a learned behavior, it’s taught, and as a school system, we teach,” her proposal read. “Just like we teach students in the classrooms and in schoolhouses, we must also teach our students in the classroom of life.”
Bendross-Mindingall’s item calls for a review of currently available curriculum that address racial and cultural understanding, the creation of a student-led task force that reports to the School Board to discuss institutional systemic racism in the community. It asks district staff to develop or enhance existing curriculum to address racism and cultural understanding. Her proposal was supported and celebrated by all board members, with some offering more suggestions to broaden its scope.But there was one exception. Marta Perez, who said she would not support the item and said the board should “focus all our resources on addressing student academics.
I’m so happy that Perez the lone wolf against this item and it passed 8-1. So many times we are not this fortunate.
To read the Miami Herald’s full story that we quoted, click here.
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