Our Board of education incumbents and candidates' goals include:
- ENCOURAGING AND SUPPORTING INVOLVEMENT AND INPUT FROM STUDENTS, PARENTS, AND TEACHERS TO MAKE POLICIES IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR STUDENTS.
- Insisting on TRANSPARENCY, CLEAR COMMUNICATION, AND COLLABORATION between the Administration, staff, parents, and students.
- Implementing policies that will help INCREASE THE RACIAL AND ETHNIC DIVERSITY IN OUR TEACHER/STAFF population. Over 25% of Ledyard High School graduates are Black and Brown, while our teachers do not come close to matching that ratio.
- Empowering students and teachers to have HONEST, OPEN DISCUSSIONS about history and culture.
- CONSULT with our local INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES on curriculums to ACCURATELY and APPROPRIATELY teach and represent indigenous people.
- Fully APPRECIATING THE VIBRANT DIVERSITY IN OUR STUDENT BODY and celebrating all that makes us unique as well as all that unites us.
As stated by current BOE vice chair Kate Di-Palma-Herb, “our staff should be representative of our student body and currently it is not. We are making progress toward our goal of a more diverse staff, but we are not done. Every student should see themselves represented in the staff and find trusted adults that they can lean on for guidance, mentorship, and understanding. I will continue to advocate for staffing goals that include diversity in hiring and an environment of inclusion.” (Source: https://www.vote411.org/ballot)
To be absolutely clear, do ANY of our candidates advocate teaching Critical Race Theory (CRT) in Ledyard Public Schools? Absolutely not - because there is no curriculum for CRT in grade schools. CRT is a collegiate and law school-level academic framework that examines how systems, policies, and the law perpetuate systemic racism.
We hope this helps to clarify our candidates’ positions. Please send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org!