Lee's Summit BOE reverses position on racial equity training

Marc LaVoie
June 20, 2019 - 8:42 am

KMBC Channel 9 News

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After resisting the idea, the Lee's Summit Board of Education voted in favor of paying for racial equity training that will begin in the fall.

The training had been proposed by the district's superintendent, Dr. Dennis L. Carpenter. Some teachers in the district were insulted by the idea that they should need to be taught to treat everyone fairly.

Some parents at the board meeting said they appreciated the board's reversal.

"This is an uncomfortable topic that we've all got to lean into, to provide the best education for our students," said one woman.

"Educational equity is giving each child what he or she needs in each situation, and realize that the starting line is not the same for all children," Carpenter said.

The board voted six-to-one Wednesday to approve diversity training for teachers and staff. The cost is expected to be $97,000.

Judy Hedrick is the one board member who did not vote in favor of the training. 

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