BURLINGTON — As a part of the Burlington Area School District’s corrective action plan, the president of the Burlington Coalition for Dismantl…
While the complaint was filed less than two weeks ago, a discrimination complaint against an anti-racism advocate filed by a Burlington Area School District member has been withdrawn.
A district spokeswoman said officials have never before received a complaint from a Burlington school board member against a member of the community. That changed Friday, when a school board member is attempting to turn the tables on anti-racism activist Darnisha Garbade, filing a complaint with the school district that accuses her of racism.
After initially vowing to cooperate on implementing anti-racism reforms, Burlington school officials are now having second thoughts. They are considering challenging the state's authority to order them to include one of the district's leading critics in the process and also questioning whether they will actually follow the state order to hire a director of student equity.
"This is a time for us as a board to take a stand and say no to DPI," Burlington School Board Member Taylor Wishau said during a meeting Monday. "They're not the authority for us down here." But School Board President Peter Turke quickly corrected Wishau, saying: "I'm pretty confident that DPI does have authority to govern school districts."
Burlington School Board Member Taylor Wishau said he objects to working with the leader of the Burlington Coalition to Dismantle Racism despite a state mandate ordering the district to work with the anti-racism organization following the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's finding of a “racially hostile environment" in Burlington schools.
The Burlington Area School District plan for fixing racism issues in the schools has been approved by state officials, with one qualification — the parent whose complaint launched the investigation must be part of the solution.
The Burlington Coalition for Dismantling Racism founded by Darnisha Garbade had repeatedly called to be invited "to the table" for the development and execution of an anti-racism plan, but BASD leaders had never shown a willingness to include them.
The Burlington Coalition for Dismantling Racism is raising allegations of new incidents of racism being mishandled by administrators in the school district.
The Burlington Area School District plans to introduce new curricula starting in kindergarten, among other steps designed to combat racism following a scathing state report criticizing the district for allowing a "racially hostile environment" to exist in the schools following a parent's complaint. "We recognize the need for radical change," the district's response states. "We are a school district inside of a city, state and country that is steeped in racism."
The Burlington Coalition for Dismantling Racism, whose leader sparked a state investigation into racial harassment in Burlington schools, wants to be involved when school officials draft a state-ordered plan for dealing with the problems.
Last year, the Burlington Area School District said it didn't find any evidence of racism in its schools. Now, after a state investigation, BASD is being ordered to address the 'racially hostile environment' it has allowed to exist.
The Department of Public Instruction's report said that BASD systemically failed to address race-based harassment that was been continuing within the district. "There was a significant absence of any district-wide and systematic consideration of how to address underlying causes of the harassment, and ensure such racial harassment would not continue."
The City of Burlington is considering hiring an outside consultant to guide a new city task force aimed at confronting issues of racism within western Racine County's biggest community.
After months of accusations and protests regarding racism in Burlington, city leaders are taking steps to create a special task force to examine and ease race relations in the community of 6,400.
In a message to students from the teacher that was shared on social media, the teacher indicated he was planning to travel to Washington this week to protest President Trump's defeat.
Jeff Taff, a high school social studies teacher, told students that he was "standing up for election integrity," according to an online lesson plan shared on social media. The Burlington Area School District is investigating.
The Burlington Area School Board has a consensus that racism continues to require attention. But there is disagreement about how those issues should be addressed, and if the Burlington Coalition for Dismantling Racism should be involved.
Burlington's school board has updated its anti-harassment policy with anti-racism language. But Burlington Coalition for Dismantling Racism representatives say the policy doesn’t go far enough to address, punish and educate against racism.
A look at what happened during a Black Education Matters Demonstration and car caravan in Burlington Monday.
The Burlington Area School District's school board is scheduled to vote tonight on adding eight sentences regarding anti-racism to its existing anti-harassment policy, a step that anti-racism advocates say does not go far enough.
Religious leaders from across Wisconsin are pledging to support Burlington's anti-racism movement as it grows in volume and visibility. "Burlington, look out. This is not the last time you'll hear from us," said one reverend from Milwaukee.
The Burlington Area School Board held a special virtual meeting earlier today to move forward with a proposed anti-racism policy, setting up a possible vote on formal adoption at the board's next meeting.
BURLINGTON — Racist remarks reportedly written in wood chips at Cooper Elementary School last week along with some overturned playground equip…
BURLINGTON — One by one, they lined up and stepped up to the microphone in the echo-filled confines of the Burlington High School gymnasium on…
BURLINGTON — Discussion of race in the Burlington area is not limited to the Burlington Area School District.
The Burlington Coalition for Dismantling Racism held a protest Thursday morning for Black education and racism in the school district.
BURLINGTON — What is believed to be Burlington’s first Juneteenth rally took place Friday at Echo Lake Park, where a letter for the school dis…
Burlington community members came together for a Kneel for Nine event Tuesday.