Residents Protest Forest Hills School Board’s Vote ‘Banning Anti-Racism Teaching’

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Lindy DeMaria is the mother of two young children from the Forest Hills School District. DeMaria is also a district graduate and said she was troubled by the school board’s vote on Wednesday opposing the use of race- or identity-based training and instruction. The board passed the “Resolution to Create a Culture of Kindness and Equal Opportunity for All Students and Staff,” during the meeting. “There are certainly some ugly things happening right now that are not representative of this community,” DeMaria said. One board member who voted against the resolution is Dr. Leslie Rasmussen. Rasmussen said the board’s 3-2 vote is already having an impact on the search for a new superintendent. “Today as of today we have three finalists and as of today one of them said he was not going to come to the second interview because based on last night’s event he said that his leadership was the wrong fit,” Rasmussen said. Superintendent of Edgewood Schools, Russ Fussnecker, sent WLWT a copy of his memo to the Forest Hills School District saying he would like to withdraw his candidacy for the position. The message sent to WLWT read: DeMaria who is also a teacher A student in another school district said it was a real possibility parents could consider other education options for their children. The vote comes less than a month after the district’s Diversity Day was canceled, to which students responded with an organized strike.

Lindy DeMaria is the mother of two young children from the Forest Hills School District.

DeMaria is also a district graduate and said she was troubled by the school board‘s vote on Wednesday against using training and instruction based on race or identity.

The board passed the “Resolution to Create a Culture of Kindness and Equal Opportunity for All Students and Staff“, at the meeting.

“There are definitely some ugly things going on right now that are not representative of this community,” DeMaria said.

A board member who voted against the resolution is Dr. Leslie Rasmussen.

Rasmussen said the board’s 3-2 vote is already having an impact on the search for a new superintendent.

“As of today we have three finalists and as of today one of them said he was not going to come to the second interview because based on what happened last night, he said his leadership was the wrong person,” Rasmussen said.

Edgewood Schools Superintendent Russ Fussnecker sent WLWT a copy of his memo to the Forest Hills School District saying he wanted to withdraw his candidacy for the job.

The message sent to WLWT said:

“In light of the action the board took at last night’s meeting, I have decided that my leadership style will not lead Forest Hills in the direction it appears to be heading. Accordingly, I withdraw my name as a candidate for Forest Hills School District Superintendent.I appreciate the opportunity to interview for the position and wish you well in your continued search for your next leader.

DeMaria, who is also a teacher in another school district, said it was definitely possible for parents to consider other education options for their children.

The vote comes less than a month after the district’s Diversity Day was canceled, to which students responded with an organized walkout.

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