Tensions rise in classrooms and boards of education as political divides deepen

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Ever since the killing of George Floyd in the summer of 2020, there has been a move towards more discussions on race and social justice - in the workplace and the classroom.

In schools across the country there have been changes made to curriculum to include conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion.

Educators have also looked at how we teach history with a tougher lens.

The sometimes uncomfortable discussions have since brought the concept of 'critical race theory' to the fore - an train of thought that's been around for decades, but mostly discussed in collegiate acadecmic circles.

Now it's hard to not find a state or city school board that hasn't been at some point mired in controversy and argument due to critical race theory. And that's certainly the case here in Ohio, as several bills at the Statehouse look to legislate what educators can or can't talk about in the classroom.

Today on the program we're going to discuss the attempt to legislate critical race theory, how it's making the classroom more politcal, and also how mask mandates are causing a stir at local board of education meetings.

Leading to record numbers of individuals vying for school board positions.

Later in the hour, digging into a beautification project hitting multiple neighborhoods across Cleveland.

Several of in the individuals involved in the 'People's Streets' initiative will discuss how it will be changing the look of Payne Avenue in MidTown.

 

Guests: 

- Jenny Hamel, Education Reporter, Ideastream Public Media
- Rachel Oscar, Director of Programming and Community Engagement, Campus District, Inc.,
- Karis Tzeng, Director of AsiaTown Initiatives, MidTown Cleveland, Inc.,
- David Bass, Master of Urban Planning & Development, Cleveland State University,

 

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