To: Oak Park, IL School Districts, School Boards & Administrations
Oak Park Schools: Adopt a Racial Equity Policy & Curriculum
We believe D200 and D97 need to adopt a strong racial equity policy in regard to the education and nurturing of students, families, faculty, staff, and administration. We believe our school systems need a yearly, mandatory racial equity curriculum in order to educate all stakeholders on the importance of equity, inclusion, diversity, and empowerment of ALL community members.
Adopt and implement teacher, student, and staff training regarding racial consciousness including the use of inflammatory racist language and activity - the history and impact, while establishing an immediate policy about using language and activity in school.
Implement a student-initiated racial equity curriculum created by S.A.F.E. by the school year 2019-2020, required of all OPRFHS students.
Adopt a racial equity lens and framework policy no later than December 1st
Hire an assistant superintendent of equity for the school year 2019-2020
Hire teachers of color that reflect the student body, particularly more black teachers starting immediately.
Immediately fund the development of student-led clubs that promote racial justice initiatives.
Immediately evaluate and communicate goals that will substantially reduce student disciplinary actions which artificially skew towards black and brown students, including a fully articulated restorative justice plan.
Immediately ensure that Black History courses are required curriculum.
Why is this important?
Racial equity is about applying justice and a little bit of common sense to a system that’s been out of balance. When a system is out of balance, people of color feel the impacts most acutely, but, to be clear, an imbalanced system makes all of us pay. By immediately adopting a racial equity policy and curriculum, our school systems will create a greater balance that benefits all stakeholders.