Fayetteville-Manlius School Board Meeting Sparks Debate About Inclusiveness in the Classroom

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FAYETTEVILLE, NY (WSYR-TV) – The plan to create a more inclusive school community in the Fayetteville Manlius District is creating quite a divide.

People weighed in on the issue at Tuesday’s board meeting. The district has been working for about a year on ways to create a more welcoming and inclusive school community for everyone. Many are on board and some are not.

“There’s a reason our kid is getting along,” one parent said. “It’s because they don’t see race as how you’re defined. I’m saying, teach the kids reading, writing, and numeracy, science, all the normal studies that you teach them. Let’s just parents teach values ​​to our children.

Another parent said, “By increasing our children’s exposure to multiple perspectives and creating environments where they can have meaningful dialogue, discussion and debate, we create, help transform them into well-rounded individuals, thoughtful and compassionate, capable of critical thinking and empathy.”

No voting took place. The State Board of Regents has created a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy and expects schools and colleges to develop their own policies and practices on the subject.

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