On Feb. 4, the Los Angeles Unified Board of Education endorsed the first week of February as “Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action,” a growing national movement where teachers, administrators, students and parents participate in a week of lessons and discussions about racial bias, social justice, black identity as well as related artwork and student performances.
“We hope this effort helps to encourage courageous conversations in our schools regarding systemic racism, social injustice, racial and ethnic bias in our society,” said Board Vice President Jackie Goldberg, 5th District, who co-sponsored the resolution.
Intended to affirm the right of black students to be treated equally at school, the initiative started with conversations and trainings about equity and race at a Seattle elementary school in Seattle in 2016.
The Los Angeles resolution calls for schools to be “places for encouraging equity, fostering understanding and creating pathways to freedom and justice for all people,” while also intending the week of action to “highlight, uplift and affirm the rich history and contributions of the black community and to cultivate in black students a sense of pride, self-worth and self-love.”
The resolution also invites educators across grade levels and content areas to use resources inclusive of all learners to enrich instruction throughout the school year.
“We are constantly reminded that our black students are still seen as less than,” said Board Member George McKenna III, 1st District. “I hope that teachers, parents and communities will engage in deep conversations about the rich diversity of the black experience for national Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action’ and continue the conversations forever.”
L.A. Unified recently launched a research-based, equity-focused plan to achieve parity for low-performing schools in Local District West. The new initiative, the Humanizing Education for Equitable Transformation Community Schools Plan, sets goals and timelines for increases in proficiency as measured on standardized tests.
“We can only overcome this country’s history of racism by calling it out and making the necessary changes to provide justice for our black students,” said Board Member Nick Melvoin, 4th District. “That’s why we voted last year to end random wanding in our schools, and that’s why we support the Black Lives Matter student groups advocating for progress in our schools.”
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