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Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics Racism & Social Injustice Virtual Town Hall Series

The Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics (OCTM) is hosting its first Town Hall meeting of the new year on Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 7-8 p.m. (EDT). The topic of this Town Hall meeting is “Racism & Social Injustice.” The focus will be on what we can do as mathematics educators to promote antiracist policies, practices and ideas in the classroom. The discussion will be moderated by Charles Bowman (OCTM director of Diversity and Inclusion).

Students honored by “Museum of the Courageous” for fighting to change their history books

Nikki Battiste, CBS News |

In 2015, a class of fifth-grade students marched into California’s state Capitol to testify and rewrite their history books. Now, as we honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr., those students are receiving a special award for taking Dr. King’s message of racial justice to heart. 

Now 16, Nicole Sandavol was one of the fifth-graders fighting to have their textbooks tell the missing story of the mass deportations of Mexian Americans in the 1930s. She and her fellow students are among the first nine honorees of the “Museum of the Courageous” — a new, online nonprofit that highlights those who stand up to hate. 

When asked how she hopes her story will inspire unity in the nation, Sandavol said that “I think that everyone in this country should feel that they belong, that they matter, and that their voice is valued.”

Other members of the “Courageous Class” include Vernon Dahmer, a Mississippi civil rights leader who was murdered by the KKK as he fought for Black citizens to freely vote; and Pauli Murray, a priest and pioneer for gender and racial equality.

Learn more about the Museum of the Courageous at

What will be the new Anderson High School mascot? Final five choices announced.

Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati Enquirer |

Anderson High School and Forest Hills Local School District announced the final five choices in its search for a new mascot on Wednesday.

The final choices are: Comets, Phoenix, Raptors, Ravens, Riverhawks.

Ten semi-finalists were voted on in December. Anderson High School has been without a logo since July 2 when the Forest Hills School District board voted the “Redskins” retire with no substitute. 

Systemic racism is embedded in our society due to past issues that led to present problems

Bob Sandrick, Soapbox Cincinnati |

The sinking status of HB 305 is another disappointment for Ohio’s Black citizens, many of whom live in struggling urban school districts. That’s because education is tied to so many other issues, including employment, housing, and access to healthcare. Without a good education, it’s harder to climb into the middle class.

Petition Created By Student-Led Group To Remove SROs From CPS Schools

Cory Sharber, WVXU |

Following weeks of demands to remove school resource officers from Cincinnati Public Schools, the Young Activists Coalition have created a petition to gauge the community’s response.

Cory Sharber, WVXU

Cincinnati Public School board adopts anti-racism policy

Tyson Thorp, WCPO |

Board Policy 2256 – Anti-Racism Policy states that the district rejects all forms of racism as destructive to the district’s mission, vision, values and goals.

The policy expresses the district will embrace racial diversity and actively eliminate practices that perpetrate racial disparity among students.

The namesake of Johns Hopkins University enslaved several. He was thought to be an abolitionist.

Chris Quintana USA Today |

In its statement, the university said it had believed Hopkins to be an “early and staunch abolitionist whose father, a committed Quaker, had freed the family’s enslaved people in 1807.” 

But new research revealed census records that indicated Hopkins enslaved at least one person in 1840 and four more in 1850. The 1860 census record showed no enslaved people in the Hopkins household. The university was founded in 1876 with a $7 million gift from Hopkins following his death.

Johns Hopkins, which is in Baltimore, is both a highly selective private university and a national leader in health care. The institution has also been tracking the coronavirus nationally. And its undergraduate students are admitted without consideration of their financial situation, knowing scholarships will cover their need thanks to a $1.8 billion gift in 2018 from Michael Bloomberg, an entrepreneur and politician who attended the university.

Opinion: The soft bigotry of anti-racist expectations

Ian Rowe, Opinion contributor – USA Today

“Let’s not adopt “anti-racist” agendas that actually plant the seeds of white superiority and black inferiority, instead of eliminating them. The antidote to racism is not anti-racism. It is a philosophy of humanism that celebrates and uplifts the inherent dignity in each individual. And the antidote to inequity is not diminished expectations for all. It is equal opportunity, and a belief in each person’s capacity for upward mobility, no matter their race, ethnicity or skin color.”

Ian Rowe

Ian Rowe is a Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Woodson Center, and a writer for the 1776 Unites Campaign.

Integrated Schools or School Choice?

Over the past week, WFPL’s Jess Clark shared a 5-part series on a proposed student assignment plan and what it could mean for Kentucky’s Jefferson County Public Schools’ legacy of integration, as well as the district’s future.

The proposal would allow West End students an option to stay in their neighborhood. It highlights complicated truths: it will almost certainly resegregate the school district and undo a decades-long commitment to integration. But it also means more convenience for students who are burdened with the logistics, travel time and disconnection from their school community. 

The five part series includes:

  1. Once An Integration Model, Louisville’s Schools Risk Resegregating To Offer Choice
  2. JCPS Graduates Reflect On Integrating: ‘We Can’t Let It Get Like That Again’
  3. JCPS’s Integration Equation: Has It Paid Off?
  4. Can JCPS Proposal Bring Equity? Segregated Elementary Schools Raise Questions
  5. Diversity Or Choice: Pollio Says JCPS Has A Decision To Make
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