TO DO NOW :
1). Attend the BOE meeting on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. To support equal enforcement of the existing school dress code. The meeting starts at 5 pm. It will be held in the Charles I. Ecker Boardroom at the Board of Education offices, 125 North Court Street, Westminster Maryland 21157.
2) If you are able, prepare a statement no longer than 3 minutes in length, to give to the Board, stating your opinions regarding this issue.
3) Provide your feedback to the BoE and Superintendent Guthrie via this link:
BACKGROUND: Last month, January 2018, at the regular Board of Education meeting, several parents and students representing all grade levels of the public school system, presented their thoughts and reactions to the iconography of the confederate flag as part of the dress code. Many stated that they believe the current rules in the CCPS Parent-Student handbook do not allow for such emblems in school. And other testimony indicated that children are being harmed by this continuing divisive symbol of racial superiority and slur. At the conclusion of these comments Superintendent Guthrie indicated he would look into a possible ban of this emblem because it has strong ties to hate groups and recent violent behavior in other situations and circumstances.
On February 14, Superintendent Guthrie and the Board of Education will be addressing the confederate battle flag, dress code and the associated legal opinions. Public participation will precede the Board’s agenda item on this topic. The meeting begins at 5pm. Public Comment/Input is Agenda Item #6. Followed by #7 Legal Opinion on Restricting Student Dress.
Action Item for Discussion and further research:
CCPS agenda for Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Related Carroll CAN CTAs :
From January, CTA Additional Resources :
School Board Meeting, January 10, 2018: Public Comments related to this concern, begin at approximately 2:28:16
Carroll County Times Report, and Video from Superintendent Guthrie’s Remarks: Jan 10, 2018
Carroll County Times, Editorial, Jan 11, 2018
Baltimore Sun, January 11, 2018