In Boston, a controversy’s occurred.
And in the aftermath, two public school officials have relinquished their positions.
At issue: texts concerning white people.
On October 21st — in light of the pandemic — the Boston School Committee unanimously voted to temporarily 86 admissions tests for entry to the city’s three specialty-focused “exam schools“: Boston Latin Academy, Boston Latin School, and the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science.
As relayed by Boston.com, the controversial plan would instead employ grades, MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) scores, and zip codes as determinants.
According to data provided in May, the result was more black, Latino, and low-income kids being accepted.
Apparently, such an effect was anticipated.
Hence, during the meeting, committee member Lorna Rivera and committee Chair Alexandra Oliver-Dávila texted their enthusiasm.
As indicated by material obtained by The Boston Globe, here’s what they privately shared:
Best school committee meeting ever. I’m trying not to cry.
Wait until the white racists start yelling at us.
Whatever. They’re delusional. I hate WR (West Roxbury).
Sick of Westie whites.
Me too. I really feel like saying that.
Afterward, the Globe requested transcripts of all texts and emails sent during the meeting.
In the provided documents, the above communication was initially omitted.
Per Boston.com, “why the messages are now surfacing eight months after the meeting” is “unknown.”
Nonetheless, their recent publication’s resulted in negative attention.
Thus, on Monday, Alexandria and Lorna resigned.
As reported by The Associated Press, via letter, Alexandria both lamented and defended her part of the convo:
“I regret my personal texts, it was inappropriate. But I am not ashamed of the feelings from history that made me write those words.”
She chalked it up to childhood — the topic at hand had triggered trauma:
“It was painful. And in the heat of the moment, it caused me to vent by sending inappropriate personal text messages to one of my colleagues. I regrettably allowed myself to do what others have done to me. I failed my own standards.”
As for Lorna, she
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