York region school board doing everything it can to tackle racism, chair says
York Region District School Board chair Loralea Carruthers says the board is doing everything it can to address claims of racism and Islamophobia in schools.
In November, the province told the board it needed to come up with a plan to address the issues after a parent filed a formal complaint accusing an elementary school principal of sharing Islamophobic posts online.
This week, YRDSB shared a letter in response to the province, outlining the board`s plans to address the problems. “We’ve been in an ongoing dialogue with parents to find out what is the basis of their concerns,” said Carruthers in an interview on Metro Morning Friday. Carruthers says these are new problems for the board. “Our board has long-been a model board across the province,” said Carruthers.”On any assessments in any area across the province we get top marks … This is a recent problem, this isn’t something that’s long-standing,” she said.”We’ve had policies in place for years that have been working wonderfully and suddenly things have gone off the rails.” Parents call the York Region District School Board’s plan to deal with racism insulting.All we want is for our children to be in a school system where they feel safe,” said parent Charline Grant. “If the director takes the importance of equity and racism and Islamophobia very seriously that will trickle down even to the students.”Grant and her husband, Garth Bobb, have three children who attend schools within the board and say they have filed dozens of complaints outlining instances when their oldest son was the target of anti-black racism. One of those complaints was about a teacher who allegedly told Grant’s son’s classmates, who were all Caucasian, to check their bags to ensure that the teen had not stolen anything.Still, Carruthers said it’s important that parents support the board as they implement a plan to address racism in York Region schools. “We need public confidence,” she said. York region school – York region school – York region school – York region school – York region school
New campaign to tackle racism and discrimination in football
On the day Kick It Out is showcasing its ‘Call Full Time On Hate’ initiative, the organisation is calling for a unified effort from football to eradicate prejudice and hate from the game.
This is only possible with the full backing of the football authorities and affiliated organisations, including sponsors and partners, to intensify their activities to tackle prejudice and hatred and to place football at the forefront of promoting good community cohesion, by developing and supporting vital initiatives at grassroots level across the country.
Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation, has today (6 September) released its 2015/16 reporting statistics, which reveal an increase in discrimination incidents. Discrimination reports to Kick It Out have risen year-on-year since the organisation first started collating statistics in 2012/13.
In addition, The FA has released its own stats in the latest version of English Football’s Inclusion & Anti-Discrimination Action Plan, released last month which collates how each of the leading bodies in the game, including Kick It Out, are tackling the issue of discrimination. Greg Clarke will be speaking at today’s event, his first appearance in his new role as FA chairman.
Professional football continues to demonstrate a strong commitment to work towards the elimination of unacceptable discrimination and abuse.