Friday, March 19, 2021

R2 School Board ignores community member request

On October 13, 2020 I addressed the School Board and asked two questions about The 1619 Project. I requested a response.

Does anyone agree that a 4½-month wait for a response is too long?

On March 1, 2021, I sent the following email to the School Board:

Members of the board and trustees-elect McKie and Holmes,

At the School Board meeting on October 13, 2020, I addressed the board and requested answers to two questions. My questions were:

To what extent is The 1619 Project being introduced, taught or discussed in any classrooms in the Richland 2 School District?

If it is not yet in the Richland 2 School District, will the School Board be consulted before it is taught?

I'll add this third question. Is the book A People's History of the United States, by Howard Zinn, being used anywhere in Richland 2 schools?

Will you please provide me with answers to my questions by March 13, 2021, which will be five months after I asked two of them?


Gus Philpott

As you will read, I requested a response by March 13, 2021. No one on the board and no one from District bothered to extend the courtesy of acknowledging my message or to reply to it.

On Friday, March 12, 2021 I submitted a Freedom of Information Act Request to the School District. That started clocks ticking on response time. The School District cannot legally disregard a FOIA Request. 

If no response is received by April 5, 2021, the next step will be taken.

So, PARENTS, what are your children telling you about The 1619 Project, when they come home from school or step away from the computer screens. Does any of them read from Howard Zinn's textbook that is being used in many schools now in the U.S.?

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