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星期一, 9月 26, 2016

張欽棠:波士頓公校致力包容保障安全

Statement from Superintendent Tommy Chang:
““The Boston Public Schools (BPS) is committed to ensuring that Boston Latin School — along with all of our schools — fosters a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for each and every student. We and the leadership of Boston Latin School are fully committed to implementing the recommendations in the voluntary resolution agreement reached with the United States Attorney’s Office to ensure all reports of racial bias are fully, promptly and effectively addressed at Boston Latin and every Boston public school. BPS will also continue our ongoing district-wide work to educate students and staff on adopting culturally and linguistically sustaining practices, recognizing bias-based behavior and closing opportunity and achievement gaps.”

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Boston Latin School Head Master Updates
September 26, 2016
Dear Boston Latin School Community,
I am writing to inform you that this afternoon the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) has released a letter explaining the USAO’s findings from its now concluded review of alleged bias-based conduct at Boston Latin School (BLS) along with a resolution agreement that the Boston Public Schools has signed.
BLS will fully cooperate with Superintendent Tommy Chang and the commitments he has made in regards to Boston Latin School, including working to improve our ability to prevent and respond to peer-on-peer harassment based on race or color, characteristics that are protected by federal civil rights laws.
We are doing so because the BLS action plan in the agreement makes good educational sense in teaching students about how to improve the racial climate that exists throughout this country. In fact, we at BLS already had in place plans and programs to deal with this issue before the USAO proposed its consent agreement.
BLS will also fully support Superintendent Chang in his effort to allow the US Attorney’s Office to monitor the plans and programs already in place at BLS. Last spring, a non-profit agency, Visions Inc., spent many hours auditing the racial climate at BLS. The agency has more than 32 years of experience in examining schools all across the country. In its final report, Visions concluded that the racial climate at BLS was comparable to many schools with similar demographics across the country. We at BLS do not want to be comparable to other schools; we want to be a leader in this regard as we are in many other educational endeavors. We welcome any efforts by BPS or the US Attorney’s Office to monitor our progress in fulfilling this commitment.
Boston Latin School continues its work around building cultural proficiency with staff and students. This month we greeted returning teachers with an inspirational presentation by Dr. Robert Brooks, a national expert on building relationships with students and establishing a positive school climate. We are additionally providing sessions titled, “Courageous Conversations” around race and culture with staff through the spring. We have also increased training to ensure equitable protocol around discipline;  appointed a Diversity Officer; and added more culturally diverse coursework and texts.
As BLS moves forward, we ask that everyone in the school community to unite in promoting a diverse and welcoming environment for all. We have over 2,400 outstanding young people at Boston Latin School and we, along with our dedicated faculty and staff, are committed to ensuring that every one of them feels safe, supported, and appreciated.

Sincerely,
Michael Contompasis                                 Jerry Howland
Interim Head Master                                 Associate Head Master