State Board chairman urges free speech in safe school environments
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
The chairman of the State Board of Education has issued a letter urging schools to allow free expression of speech while ensuring a safe and healthy learning environment.
In the letter, Charles Martinez states that in the wake of the presidential election, “many members of school communities throughout Oregon feel unsafe, unwelcome, and are deeply concerned.”
“This is a time to use our voices to speak up when we detect injustice, and to listen with kindness and acceptance to the lived experiences of those who have suffered injustice,” he wrote. “This is not a moment for passivity, but rather boldness; this is a moment to stand behind our commitment to the well-being of students, families, and communities across the state of Oregon.”