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CCSD Board of Trustees to develop anti-racism policy

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Taking motion to handle racism within the Clark County School District — the CCSD Board of Trustees agreed to begin engaged on an anti-racism policy throughout their work session Wednesday morning. 

This follows varied racial incidents the previous couple of years, together with two white teenagers threatening to shoot Black college students at Arbor View High School two years in the past. 

Trustees solely had a dialog on Wednesday. No vote was taken as a result of that is seen as a place to begin — gathering info and views of board members about this matter. 

“We have to look at this in a problem-solving mode,” stated Board President Linda Cavazos. “It’s not really an elephant in the room anymore, it’s bigger than an elephant and it’s something that’s not going away.” 

CCSD trustees shared concepts to probably create an motion plan and make it official quickly. 

“I think it’s important to do it while we reopen schools,” stated Trustee Danielle Ford. 

Those are efforts that Akiko Cooks and Jshauntae Marshall welcome. 

The two are co-founders of “No Racism In Schools #1865” — a marketing campaign specializing in race associated issues on campuses.   

“This policy should have been in place a very long time ago,” Cooks stated. 

The group kicked-off the hashtag #writethepolicy initiative Wednesday and plan to submit suggestions to trustees. 

“It will include consequences, it will include assessments, it will include core measurement values that will allow for schools to be assessed,” Marshall stated. 

“We actually do have this in our anti-bullying policy,” Trustee Williams stated. “In fact, it’s on the very first page.” 

Trustee Williams referenced the doc throughout the work session. It does checklist “race” and “color” in Section C and contains the state legal guidelines.  

“We already do cover it, it’s already there and if it’s not being enforced that’s not necessarily a board issue but this is probably an individual school issue,” Trustee Williams stated. 

Marshall stated he believes the policy doesn’t go far sufficient, nevertheless. 

“There is language that is in there that’s very vague and there are no specifics in terms of assessments of the schools and who are at risk for targeting and different things like that,” Marshall stated.  

Trustees need to get group suggestions. They encourage engagement to handle disparities.  

Trustees Cavazos and Irene Cepeda plan to research different district’s anti-racism insurance policies, together with in Washoe County. 

Trustee Ford recommended a timeline. It contains the board signing a decision to battle racism and develop a policy, speak with fairness teams and approve the policy by June. 

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