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District U-46 to vote on school culture initiative
By Seth Hancock
The Board of Education in School District U-46 is set to vote on a $55,800 contract for so-called “school culture improvement” at its upcoming meeting on Monday, Nov. 16.
The contract is with Illinois State University and will be paid for by the education fund if approved. The item was presented at the Nov. 2 meeting which was held electronically due to COVID-19 regulations.
“School District U-46 has a commitment to ensuring inclusive school cultures for all staff and students in our district,” the proposal states. “Illinois State University Professors, Dr. Pamela Hoff and Dr. Beth Hatt, will collaborate with the leadership of School District U-46 to incorporate a needs assessment and subsequent professional development grounded in identifying and mitigating equity traps for the staff of Elgin High School and (Streamwood’s) Sunnydale Elementary School.”
The cost is $44,400 for Elgin and $11,400 for Sunnydale.
The proposal states Elgin’s school improvement team saw the need for this while Superintendent Tony Sanders’ cabinet “determined that investments were needed in order to ensure a positive and inclusive culture at Sunnydale Elementary School.”
Information regarding the proposal and what will be discussed includes “creating a new normal” along with “apprehending diversity, inclusion & equity” and “understanding resistance to social justice/equity reform.”
The material states the government schools have a “moral imperative” to shape public opinion regarding issues like race and gender.