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>> THAT’S RIGHT. IT STARTED BECAUSE OF THIS PETITION SIGNED BY 1200 NEW BERLIN FAMILY MEMBERS DEMANDING A CURRICULUM THAT BE TAUGHT MORE ON BLACK HISTORY, WHITE PRIVILEGE, AND SYSTEMIC RACISM. BUT IN A MEETING THIS WEEK BOARD MEMBERS DISAGREED ON HOW MUCH OF THE CONVERSATION OF RACE NEEDED TO BE COVERED. >> — THE DEBATE STARTED WHEN ONE BOARD MEMEBR SAID THEY WERE DISAPPOINTED THE SUPERINTENDENT’S PRESENTATION HADN’T ADDRESSED PARENTS’ AND STUDENTS’ CONCERNS OVER A LACK OF DISCUSSION AROUND RACE IN THE CURRICULUM. >> I RE-READ THAT PETITION THIS WEEKEND AND THIS PRESENTATION I DO NOT FEEL ADDRESSES THAT. >> ONE BOARD MEMBER IN > PARTICUALR GOT UPSET AT THE MENTION OF POLICE BRUTALITY CASES AGAINST PEOPLE OF COLOR. — ONE BOARD MEMBER IN PARTICUALR GOT UPSET AT THE MENTION OF POLICE BRUTALITY CASES AGAINST >> I WANT TO INTERJECT WITH THAT LAST STATEMENT, I’M PERSONALLY OFFENDED AT ONE ATTACK AT POLICE OFFICERS BECAUSE AS A MINUTE PORTION AND THAT STATISTICS SHOW IT. I’M NOT SAYING IT DOESN’T HAPPEN BUT THE BLACK ON BLACK CRIME AND THE BLACK ON BLACK DEATH IS FAR MORE SYSTEMIC AND FAR MORE OF A PROBLEM ACROSS THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. >> HIS COMMENTS WENT ON FOR A COUPLE MINUTES. >> I DO AGREE WITH THE IDEA OF INCLUSIVITY. I BELIEVE THAT IS WE HAVE A BLACK HISTORY MONTH, WHICH I’M SEEING A POSTER FOR RIGHT NOW, I DON’T SEE JEWISH HISTORY MONTH, I DON’T SEE AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY MONTH, I DON’T SEE ASIAN HISTORY MONTH, INDIAN HISTORY MONTH. I BELIEVE IT SHOULD ALL BE INCLUDED AND ALL SHOULD BE INCLUSIVE. >> PARENTS I MET WITH FRIDAY CALLED HIS STATEMENTS TONE DEAF AND UNNACPTABLE. >> I AM ANGRY. YEAH. THE THINGS THAT WERE SAID, JUST, LIKE IT WAS NO BIG DEAL. IT’S VERY UPSETTING. >> I WAS THINKING TO MYSELF, IS THIS REALLY THE DISTRICT THAT WE MOVED TO? SPECIFICALLY, YOU KNOW? FOR THE SCHOOLS. IS THIS A PLACE WHERE I FEEL WE COULD GET THE TYPE OF EDUCATION THAT WE WANT FOR OUR CHILDREN? PATRICK: CAROLINE, YOU TALKED TO THAT BOARD MEMBER TONIGHT? >> YES. HE SENT ME A STATEMENT. SAID, “IF ANYONE INTERPRETED MY COMMENTS OUTSIDE OF THAT CONTEXT, OR IF ANYONE WAS OFFENDED, I APOLOGIZE. WHAT I MEANT BY MY COMMENTS IS THAT WE ALL HAVE DIFFERENCES AND ARE ALL UNIQUE AND THAT WE SHOULD CONTINUE TO STRIVE TO PROMOTE THE INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY OF ALL STUDENTS, STA

New Berlin college board member says he would not agree with Black Historical past Month

The remark was made in response to a dialogue on range, race and inclusion throughout the district

A New Berlin Board of Training member stated they do not agree with Black Historical past Month as a result of it is not inclusive of different races. The remark was made throughout a debate on race, range and inclusion throughout a board of training assembly on Monday. The talk began after a board member criticized Superintendent Joe Garza for not addressing a petition they’d acquired from New Berlin residents. The petition was signed by 1,200 New Berlin college students and fogeys, then despatched to the board and superintendent months in the past. It demanded a curriculum that teaches extra about Black historical past, particularly addressing white privilege and systemic racism. It additionally demanded the district require school to obtain equality and inclusion coaching. The assembly:Throughout the public and recorded board of training assembly, board treasurer Kate Unger criticized the superintendent’s presentation on range and inclusion throughout the district. “My interpretation was that this was in response to the petition that we acquired. This was (speculated to be) the administration speaking to the writers of the petition and check out to answer what they had been asking for by exhibiting what we’re already doing,” Unger stated. “I re-read that petition this weekend and this presentation, I don’t really feel, addresses that.” Board of training member Susan Manley chimed in. “I don’t need us to go down the trail of what social media is doing now. Let’s not get caught up in that,” Manley stated. “You realize, the place race is the whole lot at this time. I don’t imagine it’s. We make it greater than it’s and I’ve considerations about bringing that into the classroom.”Unger responded. “I do not really feel that ‘race is simply in all places’ is an correct assertion. I imply, race is in all places proper now as a result of Black persons are dying from police brutality. “I am attempting to not get loopy political,” Unger stated. That is when board of training clerk Jeffrey Kurth interjected. “I need to form of interject with that final assertion. I am personally offended at one, assault at cops, as a result of it is a minute portion and statistics present it. It is a minute statistic to throw police below the bus. 100% I fully disagree with you,” Kurth stated. “I am not saying it would not occur, however the Black on Black crime and the Black on Black dying is way extra systemic and much more of an issue throughout the complete nation.”I do agree with the concept of inclusivity and I imagine that’s, we have now a Black Historical past Month, which I am seeing a poster for proper now. I do not see Jewish historical past month, I do not see American Indian historical past month, I do not see Asian historical past month, Indian historical past month, I imagine it ought to all be included and all needs to be inclusive,” Kurth stated. “I fully disagree with the Black Historical past Month, I actually do, as a result of if we will be inclusive we should not be isolating by race interval.”Kurth’s statements went on for greater than 2 minutes. “I feel (Garza) is exhibiting we’re various. My daughter’s greatest pals vary from Indian, Korean, Asian, Black, it would not matter. She’s acquired pals from each single race which implies we have now it in our college, we have now range in our college,” Kurth stated. “We have now a Hispanic superintendent we have had for 10 years, so I imagine inclusivity is there.”I feel the push for race that everyone’s speaking about, I do not imagine it is as dangerous as all people thinks. I really feel we discuss bullying on a regular basis, however the truth that, if in case you have an opinion that is not an issue and it appears to be an issue, you are making it an issue that does not exist,” Kurth stated. “The racial divide that is occurring now would not must occur, it would not must be pushed. We have to take race out of it. It would not matter. It’s good to be an excellent particular person, it’s essential to love your neighbor, it’s essential to get alongside together with your neighbor, it’s essential to embrace all people into the whole lot and we have to get rid of the entire race title out of it and embrace everybody.”After additional dialogue, board of training president Janet Schultz stated they wanted to wrap issues up. “I actually assume this goes all the way down to character constructing and never a lot that we must be telling white youngsters that, ‘You realize what, you’re in all probability racist since you’re white.’ I feel we must be cautious there. That is actually about character and never a lot about race, generally. So I’d like to listen to extra, perhaps convey that to a different board assembly like extra like what’s going on within the curriculum at the moment, what’s going on with character constructing, different kinds of packages,” Schultz stated. “I do know my youngsters inform me youngsters are nonetheless utilizing racial slurs, I perceive that, so perhaps what’s going on with addressing, when a scholar is caught utilizing racial slurs or behaving in a really discriminatory means in direction of one other scholar who’s completely different then themselves, do we have now problems with self-discipline? What number of of our self-discipline circumstances regarded one thing that needed to with race, ethnicity, or one thing like that? I feel perhaps we have to hear somewhat extra in that space.””All people shared plenty of opinions right here, however I’d identical to to say, I feel that if we’re going to be specializing in range inclusion, we actually must be specializing in the issues that everyone agrees with and never these objects which are divisive. Issues that basically do convey individuals collectively,” Schultz stated. “It’s a tricky topic, however I feel perhaps we have to come again to it with extra data as a result of I feel that the college district is already doing quite a bit that folks don’t learn about.”Unger informed the board she can be writing a letter to precise her disappointment. The aftermath:On Friday, mother and father contacted WISN 12 Information, outraged over the feedback made by board members. “I’m indignant, yeah. The issues that had been stated, simply, prefer it was no large deal. It is very upsetting,” stated Allison Dietrich, who has two youngsters within the district. “I used to be sitting there simply in awe. Generally I feel I yelled on the display screen. I used to be in shock, I used to be overlaying my mouth. I could not imagine what I used to be listening to,” Dietrich stated. “It made me unhappy for our college students of shade. In the event that they’re listening to that from him, from a college board member, I simply can’t think about how they’d really feel.”Dietrich stated she was additionally confused why Garza’s presentation did not tackle the petition. “I used to be disillusioned. These had been our elected officers and I did not really feel like they had been representing me and my viewpoints,” stated Joe Dietrich, Allison Dietrich’s husband. “I used to be pondering to myself, is that this actually the district that we moved to? Particularly for the faculties? Is that this a spot the place I really feel we might get the kind of training that we would like for our youngsters? It appeared extraordinarily tone-deaf.”In response to WISN 12 Information’ request for remark, Kurth despatched a written assertion:”On Monday, we mentioned passionate matters, and I’m a passionate particular person. I imagine in range, inclusion and the celebration of all cultural, ethnic and different variations in our colleges. If anybody interpreted my feedback exterior of that context, or if anybody was offended, I apologize,” Kurth’s assertion stated. “What I meant by my feedback is that all of us have variations and are all distinctive and that we should always proceed to try to advertise the inclusion and variety of all college students, workers and neighborhood members.”Garza additionally responded to our request for remark with a press release: “We felt it was essential to supply a presentation to the College Board about range and inclusion and our efforts to realize each within the College District of New Berlin. As we mentioned at Monday’s assembly, our purpose is to have all college students, of any race, sexual orientation, spiritual background, socio-economic standing, and so forth., really feel welcomed and included in our colleges and in our district,” Garza’s assertion stated. “The dialog following the presentation was, at occasions, emotional. As an individual of shade, and as a proud member of the New Berlin neighborhood, I recognize the completely different viewpoints that had been shared on the assembly and I hope that our Board members do as nicely. It’s important that we have now conversations like this to proceed to maneuver our district ahead. As was clarified within the assembly, and shared with Board members beforehand, this was meant to be an ongoing dialogue that started with a high-level presentation Monday. It was supposed to be a place to begin, with extra conversations and data at future conferences.”The following board of training assembly is scheduled for March 8. WISN 12 Information additionally reached out to board member Susan Manley and board president Janet Schultz for remark relating to their statements made through the board assembly, however didn’t obtain an instantaneous response.

A New Berlin Board of Training member stated they do not agree with Black Historical past Month as a result of it is not inclusive of different races.

The remark was made throughout a debate on race, range and inclusion throughout a board of training assembly on Monday.

The talk began after a board member criticized Superintendent Joe Garza for not addressing a petition they’d acquired from New Berlin residents.

The petition was signed by 1,200 New Berlin college students and fogeys, then despatched to the board and superintendent months in the past. It demanded a curriculum that teaches extra about Black historical past, particularly addressing white privilege and systemic racism. It additionally demanded the district require school to obtain equality and inclusion coaching.

The assembly:

Throughout the public and recorded board of education meeting, board treasurer Kate Unger criticized the superintendent’s presentation on range and inclusion throughout the district.

“My interpretation was that this was in response to the petition that we acquired. This was (speculated to be) the administration speaking to the writers of the petition and check out to answer what they had been asking for by exhibiting what we’re already doing,” Unger stated. “I re-read that petition this weekend and this presentation, I don’t really feel, addresses that.”

Board of training member Susan Manley chimed in.

“I don’t need us to go down the trail of what social media is doing now. Let’s not get caught up in that,” Manley stated. “You realize, the place race is the whole lot at this time. I don’t imagine it’s. We make it greater than it’s and I’ve considerations about bringing that into the classroom.”

Unger responded.

“I do not really feel that ‘race is simply in all places’ is an correct assertion. I imply, race is in all places proper now as a result of Black persons are dying from police brutality. “I am attempting to not get loopy political,” Unger stated.

That is when board of training clerk Jeffrey Kurth interjected.

“I need to form of interject with that final assertion. I am personally offended at one, assault at cops, as a result of it is a minute portion and statistics present it. It is a minute statistic to throw police below the bus. 100% I fully disagree with you,” Kurth stated. “I am not saying it would not occur, however the Black on Black crime and the Black on Black dying is way extra systemic and much more of an issue throughout the complete nation.

“I do agree with the concept of inclusivity and I imagine that’s, we have now a Black Historical past Month, which I am seeing a poster for proper now. I do not see Jewish historical past month, I do not see American Indian historical past month, I do not see Asian historical past month, Indian historical past month, I imagine it ought to all be included and all needs to be inclusive,” Kurth stated. “I fully disagree with the Black Historical past Month, I actually do, as a result of if we will be inclusive we should not be isolating by race interval.”

Kurth’s statements went on for greater than 2 minutes.

“I feel (Garza) is exhibiting we’re various. My daughter’s greatest pals vary from Indian, Korean, Asian, Black, it would not matter. She’s acquired pals from each single race which implies we have now it in our college, we have now range in our college,” Kurth stated. “We have now a Hispanic superintendent we have had for 10 years, so I imagine inclusivity is there.

“I feel the push for race that everyone’s speaking about, I do not imagine it is as dangerous as all people thinks. I really feel we discuss bullying on a regular basis, however the truth that, if in case you have an opinion that is not an issue and it appears to be an issue, you are making it an issue that does not exist,” Kurth stated. “The racial divide that is occurring now would not must occur, it would not must be pushed. We have to take race out of it. It would not matter. It’s good to be an excellent particular person, it’s essential to love your neighbor, it’s essential to get alongside together with your neighbor, it’s essential to embrace all people into the whole lot and we have to get rid of the entire race title out of it and embrace everybody.”

After additional dialogue, board of training president Janet Schultz stated they wanted to wrap issues up.

“I actually assume this goes all the way down to character constructing and never a lot that we must be telling white youngsters that, ‘You realize what, you’re in all probability racist since you’re white.’ I feel we must be cautious there. That is actually about character and never a lot about race, generally. So I’d like to listen to extra, perhaps convey that to a different board assembly like extra like what’s going on within the curriculum at the moment, what’s going on with character constructing, different kinds of packages,” Schultz stated. “I do know my youngsters inform me youngsters are nonetheless utilizing racial slurs, I perceive that, so perhaps what’s going on with addressing, when a scholar is caught utilizing racial slurs or behaving in a really discriminatory means in direction of one other scholar who’s completely different then themselves, do we have now problems with self-discipline? What number of of our self-discipline circumstances regarded one thing that needed to with race, ethnicity, or one thing like that? I feel perhaps we have to hear somewhat extra in that space.”

“All people shared plenty of opinions right here, however I’d identical to to say, I feel that if we’re going to be specializing in range inclusion, we actually must be specializing in the issues that everyone agrees with and never these objects which are divisive. Issues that basically do convey individuals collectively,” Schultz stated. “It’s a tricky topic, however I feel perhaps we have to come again to it with extra data as a result of I feel that the college district is already doing quite a bit that folks don’t learn about.”

Unger informed the board she can be writing a letter to precise her disappointment.

The aftermath:

On Friday, mother and father contacted WISN 12 Information, outraged over the feedback made by board members.

“I’m indignant, yeah. The issues that had been stated, simply, prefer it was no large deal. It is very upsetting,” stated Allison Dietrich, who has two youngsters within the district.

“I used to be sitting there simply in awe. Generally I feel I yelled on the display screen. I used to be in shock, I used to be overlaying my mouth. I could not imagine what I used to be listening to,” Dietrich stated. “It made me unhappy for our college students of shade. In the event that they’re listening to that from him, from a college board member, I simply can’t think about how they’d really feel.”

Dietrich stated she was additionally confused why Garza’s presentation did not tackle the petition.

“I used to be disillusioned. These had been our elected officers and I did not really feel like they had been representing me and my viewpoints,” stated Joe Dietrich, Allison Dietrich’s husband. “I used to be pondering to myself, is that this actually the district that we moved to? Particularly for the faculties? Is that this a spot the place I really feel we might get the kind of training that we would like for our youngsters? It appeared extraordinarily tone-deaf.”

In response to WISN 12 Information’ request for remark, Kurth despatched a written assertion:

“On Monday, we mentioned passionate matters, and I’m a passionate particular person. I imagine in range, inclusion and the celebration of all cultural, ethnic and different variations in our colleges. If anybody interpreted my feedback exterior of that context, or if anybody was offended, I apologize,” Kurth’s assertion stated. “What I meant by my feedback is that all of us have variations and are all distinctive and that we should always proceed to try to advertise the inclusion and variety of all college students, workers and neighborhood members.”

Garza additionally responded to our request for remark with a press release:

“We felt it was essential to supply a presentation to the College Board about range and inclusion and our efforts to realize each within the College District of New Berlin. As we mentioned at Monday’s assembly, our purpose is to have all college students, of any race, sexual orientation, spiritual background, socio-economic standing, and so forth., really feel welcomed and included in our colleges and in our district,” Garza’s assertion stated. “The dialog following the presentation was, at occasions, emotional. As an individual of shade, and as a proud member of the New Berlin neighborhood, I recognize the completely different viewpoints that had been shared on the assembly and I hope that our Board members do as nicely. It’s important that we have now conversations like this to proceed to maneuver our district ahead. As was clarified within the assembly, and shared with Board members beforehand, this was meant to be an ongoing dialogue that started with a high-level presentation Monday. It was supposed to be a place to begin, with extra conversations and data at future conferences.”

The following board of training assembly is scheduled for March 8.

WISN 12 Information additionally reached out to board member Susan Manley and board president Janet Schultz for remark relating to their statements made through the board assembly, however didn’t obtain an instantaneous response.



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