Letter to the editor: Summit schools equity policy should be rejected by all

Mark Langley

The Summit School District equity committee determined that “historic inequities” (racist people and systems) are the cause for all non-white students to struggle. Their policy will be voted on Thursday, May 13, and states that, “Black students, Indigenous students, students of color, students with disabilities, English language learners, immigrants and refugees, and LGBTQ+ students have all been negatively impacted by the institution of education.” They go on to assert that those inequities still exist and are clearly why white students are overrepresented in many programs and sports: “Historical inequities exist and persist within Summit School District. White students are overrepresented in district programs. The overrepresentation exists in academic programs such as gifted and talented, Advanced Placement and the (International Baccalaureate) diploma program; extra curriculars including sports and clubs; achievement scores; and other recognitions and honors. These inequities cannot be attributed to innate ability differences, and are therefore indicative of inequitable policies, practices, and procedures.”

Three questions:

  • Could the underrepresentation of Hispanics in district programs be primarily explained by the fact that those students are recent immigrants who don’t speak English well, didn’t receive a quality basic education and have parents who cannot help with their studies?
  • Is it possible that there are that many racist people and systems in Summit School District? If there are, who and what are they?
  • Why is the equity policy hyper-focused on white achievement and teaching about perceived racists inequities?

Common sense would say that there are very logical non-racist reasons why new immigrants struggle, that a school district and community that is extremely liberal is not racist, and that Summit School District has a social justice agenda above all else.

This policy is illogical and extremely divisive as it falsely blames whiteness for all issues facing minorities. It should be rejected by all.

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