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Community Conversation: Racism in Oregon Schools

Lauren Ibanez


With the Black Lives Matter movement causing people to reevaluate systemic racism, KLCC has created a series that examines the successes and failures of Oregon schools with regards to race, and what schools can do to be more inclusive.

In addition, we are also hosting a virtual public forum so community members can address issues with school racism. 

Staff members with the Oregon Department of Education, Lane Education Service District, and 4J school board members will be present to listen and respond to concerns brought up by participants. Board members will be speaking as themselves, and not on behalf of the board. 

Participants can submit questions regarding racism in Oregon schools, in advance or during the meeting. Suggestions for providing a more equitable learning environment are also welcome. But please keep in mind that not all of the questions will be answered due to the limited timeframe. KLCC will also have a series of polls for audience members.

If you would like to watch this live, you may also view this on YouTube. But you will not be able to submit questions on the YouTube channel.

School board members will be speaking on their behalf, and not on behalf of their board or district. Panelists will adhere to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and are not allowed to publicly discuss a student’s personal information. Representatives are aware of trends in discipline, but they cannot become involved in specific instances of personnel matters or student discipline. Community member’s concerns may not be resolved during this meeting, but KLCC is facilitating this discussion so people are better prepared to address these issues in the future.

If you would like to participate in the zoom meeting, please click on the registration link.

Elizabeth Gabriel is a former KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow. She is an education reporter at WFYI in Indianapolis.
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