Saturday, February 4, 2023

Central Bucks School District Policy 321 seeks to establish “neutrality” in classrooms

In an opinion piece published today in The Philadelphia Inquirer, six members of the Central Bucks School District Board of Trustees defended Policy 321, stating that “the district’s role is to teach students how to think, not what to think.” Thus classrooms are meant to be places of learning, not of indoctrination”.

In addition, the policy prohibits the display of flags, banners, posters, signs, stickers, pins, buttons, insignia, materials, photographs, and any other material that advocates partisan, political, or social policy issues .

“So yes, Rule 321 prohibits teachers from placing pride flags in their classrooms. But it also prohibits anti-abortion banners, or any posters advocating a particular partisan, political, or social policy issue, Unless you’re concerned with the course of the day,” wrote six board members (Debra Cannon, Sharon Collopy, Dana Hunter, James Pepper, Lisa Scicchio and Leigh Vlasblom).

They say: “We understand this policy bothers some advocates. It bothers some teachers who want to defend their personal views in the classroom; it bothers students who agree with those views. ; It bothers some community workers.” Ideas were defended in class; This upset some elements of the press who agreed with those views; And it upsets the three council members who voted against the policy. But these protests are not the only ones to demonstrate the urgent need for this policy. Without it, partisan activity would abound in some classrooms.”

On the day that Policy 321 was voted on, students distributed Lay’s Crisps outside the school and turned Lay’s into “Gay’s”, and attempted to distribute them inside the school, but the chips were confiscated. At that time, students tried to create a protest against french fries, but they failed.

The school policy passed in a split 6-3 vote people in the district, especially students who shared their frustration by protesting last Friday — more than 100 Central Bucks students protesting Policy 321 outside Central Bucks High School West gathered to do.

The protest reportedly included “anonymous student and faculty speech and talks against the recently passed policy” and a form of solidarity for LGBTQ+ students affected by this school policy—which is meant to bring neutrality and balance to the classroom, But the community continues to divide.

Last year, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU-PA) filed a complaint with the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and the US Department of Education alleging that the Central Bucks School District was involved in “creating a hostile environment for students.” contributes. [LGBTQ],

The complaint was filed on behalf of seven students in the Central Bucks School District, detailing incidents of bullying and harassment.

Behind the federal complaint was the Central Bucks School District’s response to the ACLU asking the ACLU to reveal the identities of the LGBTQ students—the ACLU refused to provide the students’ identities for fear of retaliation against the students involved.

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