Changes In Culture Coming To Quincy Public Schools, School Committee Says


Photo: Photo Courtesy of WBZ's Jim MacKay

QUINCY, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — After recent student walkouts over racial incidents between students across Quincy Public Schools, Superintendent Kevin Mulvey said that change is on the horizon.

Last month hundreds of students walked out of their classes at Quincy High School and marched down the street in protest against racism. The movement came after a student-made video circulated online, containing "racist hate speech," and caused a fight on school grounds.

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"We are committed and dedicated to making to positive change in Quincy, to make our district a much better place to be for our students and families moving forward," said Mulvey at Wednesday's school committee meeting.

"We need to continue updating book selection and make sure that we're really targeting books by diverse authors, that we're incorporating things that celebrate people that made a contribution to this country and we're weaving that in throughout the curriculum," said Assistant Superintendent Erin Perkins.

Along with author changes, the committee announced that updates are coming to the history curriculum, including more diverse culinary representation in dishes served. The student handbook was also said to be facing changes, with an added policy for "micro aggression and bias incident" reporting and allotted time for meditation and reflection opportunities.

The school committee meeting on December 8 was scheduled with time for student and parent forums that will give the public an opportunity to voice their educational experience.

WBZ's Jim MacKay (@JimMacKayOnAir) reports.


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