A Texas school board proposes the non-renewal of a contract for a principal accused of promoting critical race theory

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James Whitfield, the principal of Collieville Heritage High School in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, was placed on paid administrative leave in late August, a month after a former school board candidate publicly accused him of “extreme views on the race”. Accused of keeping and called them. to be fired.

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Monday night’s vote is a procedural step and does not end Whitfield’s contract for the 2022-23 school year, said Gemma Padgett, executive director of Grapevine Collieville Independent School District human resources. Thereafter, Whitfield will receive a letter with details of Aadhaar and will have the opportunity to present evidence and testimony, she said.

The controversy surrounding the high school and Whitfield comes as several parents and community members across the state have urged that critical race theory not be taught in schools.

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Over the past year, critical race theory has sparked heated discussion and protests at school board meetings as well as among lawmakers who say it should be banned from being taught in classrooms.

Educators have however stated that the theory, which examines the ways in which the history of inequality and racism continues to affect American society today, is not included in the K-12 curriculum.

At a July 26 school board meeting, Stetson Clark, a former school board candidate, said that he was concerned about “the implementation of important race theory in our district” and referred to Whitfield as an “extreme view on race”. Nominated.

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“Because of his extreme views, I want Mr. Whitfield’s tenure in our district to be thoroughly reviewed and his contract to be effective immediately,” Clark said at the meeting, citing a letter to the meeting that said a Friend shared what Whitfield did last year to parents and students—which Clark claims the principal “promotes a conspiracy theory of systemic racism.”

At Monday’s meeting, in which several parents spoke in favor of Whitfield, the board presented reasons for the proposed non-renewal.

“As a racial issue has surfaced in the media, many people are hurt and confused and for this reason, I will say this very clearly: This recommendation is not about Dr. Whitfield’s race. It is Dr. Whitfield. This is not about the critical race theory. This is not about some individuals in our community who are demanding his resignation or his dismissal,” said GCISD superintendent Robin Ryan.

Some of the reasons cited by the Board include deficiencies pointed out in observation reports, evaluations or evaluations, and failure to comply with Board or administrative regulations.

Whitfield’s attorney, David Henderson, told Granthshala that the board is holding back from sharing the information; “So what they have given us so far is incomplete, including the information they gave us last night,” he said.

“My primary reaction to what he said today is the realization that we have to engage in a formal process where we have to ask for more information that supports his decisions,” Henderson said. .

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Before the vote, Whitfield offered another explanation for what the vote brought up: his unpublished stance on equality.

“I stand before you today when I turned 18-19. I am an advocate for all children. I believe that every student, race, religion, sexual orientation, no matter what bucket you put them in I believe they should all have access to excellent, equal education. Yes, I said those words.”

“An attack from outsiders is one thing, but the outright silence and direct action taken by the GCISD leadership team towards me … was absolutely heartbreaking.”

Granthshala’s Nicole Chavez contributed to this report.

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