Senate Bill 263: ‘Requires all school districts to develop and implement a plan to prevent, assess the presence of, intervene in, and respond to incidents of discrimination on the basis of age, sex, gender, identity, sexual orientation, race, color, marital status, familial status, disability, religion, national origin, or any other classes protected under state law.” The Racial Unity Team has been developing programs to expand understanding and positive relationships for all in our community, and is eager to support school administrators, teachers and students of school districts in addressing fulfillment of SB263, the new anti-discrimination law. We encourage the leaders in our educational system to recognize the need for timely and effective development of training/educational programs that will fill informational gaps and increase instructional tools for advancing interracial connections and harmony, and to better prepare our youth for life in an ever-changing world.
The Racial Unity Team currently supports the following SAU 16 projects in support of SB 263.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee: a committee that is dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving inter-group relations and supporting equitable school experiences for our schools’ children. The community support an anti-bias education that focuses on identity, diversity, justice, and action. The committee is made up of a combination of school board members, administrators, teachers, community members and/or parents who have the spirit for this work. This committee meets monthly.
SAU 16 Anti Discriminatory Task Force (ADTF): This is a wide-ranging group that involves several people from the community and from within the schools with a clear focus of eliminating discriminatory practices within the school system. This group has been charged with the responsibility to develop, maintain, and execute plans under SB 263. This team has also being tasked with providing support, guidance and education in equity and inclusion on a broad scale ahead of time and in the event of a bullying incident.
Redrafting the NH Curriculum Frameworks for Social Studies. RUT is currently engaged with the State Department of Education, Division of Educational Improvement, working on examining and redrafting the NH Curriculum Frameworks for Social Studies.
During Phase 1 of this project RUT conducted community-listening sessions for Seacoast Area residents and submitted its findings to the Board of Education. Following our submission, I received an invitation to join the redrafting effort as a member of the State DOE Strategic Leadership Team. The draft Social Studies Standards document is currently with the State Board of Education for review. We await its release for the public-comment phase, which is expected to happen in 2020. At that time RUT will begin the work of organizing groups to participate in the public-commenting phase. If you are interested, we would be glad to add your SAU district to the group.