Afaculty board voted in favor of a coverage that prohibits lecturers and employees from displaying homosexual pleasure flags and different objects that district officers think about political in nature.
The Kettle Moraine Faculty Board voted unanimously Tuesday to maintain a code of conduct in place that the superintendent lately interpreted as forbidding district workers from displaying political or spiritual messages, together with pleasure flags, and Black Lives Matter and We Again the Badge indicators. Workers additionally might not say in emails what their most popular pronouns are.
Superintendent Stephen Plum lately informed the board that the district’s interpretation of a coverage that prohibits staffers from utilizing their positions to advertise partisan politics, spiritual views and propaganda for private, financial or non-monetary achieve modified following a authorized evaluation.
Most of those that spoke at Tuesday’s packed board assembly opposed the coverage. The general public remark interval was capped at an hour, regardless of a name from the gang to increase it.
“When you have a coverage that claims ‘nothing political,’ does that imply you possibly can’t have a enroll that claims, ‘Help our Troops,’ or ‘Consider Ladies’ or ‘Save the Planet?’ By some individuals’s definitions, all of these issues are political,” mentioned Christine Donahoe, an lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin.
Donahoe mentioned she’s wanting carefully on the coverage and an identical one accepted final fall by the varsity district in close by Waukesha.
“It actually seems to be like focused assaults at particular viewpoints, like LGBT communities, or welcome and secure areas to college students of shade,” mentioned Donahoe.
Greater than 13,000 individuals have signed a web based petition opposing the Kettle Moraine coverage that was launched by two native highschool college students, Bethany Provan and Brit Farrar.
“Having a rainbow flag in your room is not pushing your beliefs on somebody,” Provan informed WITI-TV. “It is simply saying, ‘Hey, you are welcome right here, and we help you.'”