The Black Parents Workshop's (BPW) School (In)Equity Report and Settlement Terms were posted to their website around mid-July:
For reference: February 27, 2018: The Black Parents Workshop, Inc. filed a federal lawsuit (Docket 2:18-CV-02726) in U.S. District Court in the District of New Jersey in Newark on behalf of four plaintiffs’ families against the South Orange-Maplewood (New Jersey) School District alleging violations of federal and state laws. The lawsuit is based on a pattern of policies and practices that have discriminated against African-American students.
My first impressions:
And the restorative practices approach and Code of Conduct, which had one update in 2017, and received another update October 2019 (https://villagegreennj.com/schools-kids/somsd-revised-code-of-conduct-addresses-hate-speech-student-ids-police-intervention/).
A Settlement Press Release is also available for download from the Black Parents Workshop website. The release reviews some lawsuit achievements, steps the district has taken since the lawsuit filing, as well as critiques. It also announces the new leadership of the Black Parents Workshop, and indicates some of the historical fractures and alliances across individuals, various community groups and BOE. I found it an interesting read.
One of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, Elissa Malespina, has declared her candidacy for Board of Education.
She also ran in 2015 but lost.
There were also monetary awards for the plaintiffs as part of the settlement, including for Elissa Malespina.
With the monetary amounts of the financial settlements now available, Malespina shared, “The $25K that is in our name is going to the MapSO Freedom School. The $5K which is specifically in my son’s name will he used for college expenses.”
Financial Details Revealed in Settlement Against South Orange-Maplewood; Malespina to Donate $25K (Village Green)
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