Resolution Passed Dealing With Racism

Board Takes Action for Equity
Posted on 06/09/2020
Image of Equity SignThe Akron Public Schools Board of Education declared racism a public health crisis. It came in the form of a resolution it passed unanimously at Monday's meeting (6/8/20) in the aftermath of two weeks of nationwide demonstrations prompted by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Akron Public Schools already has policies in place to promote equity, but the current board wants to attack the issue more aggressively.

According to the resolution, the board directed the following actions:
  • The board’s legal committee will revise and strengthen the district’s equity policy.
  • The board’s instructional policy committee, which deals with the curriculum, will “revise policies and protocols integrating additional racially and culturally relevant content into the curriculum and within the school buildings.”
  • The district will recognize and honor in the curriculum the contributions of Indigenous People.
  • The superintendent will conduct expanded, mandatory diversity, equity, inclusion and implicit bias training, “to the extent it is not already being provided to the staff.”
  • The superintendent will prepare an annual report on complaints received from parents, students or the community regarding racial bias.
  • The superintendent or a designee will work with Akron Police, which provides school resource officers who work in schools, to “review our standards and expectations to further promote a culturally affirming climate.”
  • The superintendent will publish student rights and responsibilities when engaging with the resource officers and increase training for teachers and other school staff on their responsibilities.
  • The board’s legal committee will draft a policy that establishes Employee Resource Groups “focused on supporting and increasing staff climate, morale and camaraderie.”
  • The superintendent will submit an annual report outlining the diversity of school staff and hiring and promotion trends.
The effort toward greater equity was put together by Board Vice President N.J. Akbar who thanked fellow board members for their feedback that helped him craft the resolution.
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