Jul 01, 2022
Families sue Ohio school board over critical race theory ban
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(CNN)Four families are suing an Ohio school board to challenge a ban on race-based education and staff training in the latest court battle over attempts to suppress anti-racism education in American classrooms.The Forest Hills School District Board of Education, east of Cincinnati, passed a resolution in June prohibiting teaching of critical race theory, anti-racism, identity and intersectionality to promote what it calls a "culture of kindness. "The complaint, filed in Ohio District Court Wednesday, alleges that the resolution exposes racial prejudice within the school system and censors the perspectives of marginalized communities. Six minors and seven adults are listed as plaintiffs, which include current students and their parents -- one of whom is a teacher in the school district.What critical race theory is -- and isnt"It most certainly is not about a 'culture of kindness,' but rather promotes hatred, racism and discrimination on the basis of race, identity and gender, and silences voices in opposition to racism and discrimination, further endangering and diminishing already disenfranchised and vulnerable voices within the school district," the complaint reads.Judge Michael Barrett of the District Court scheduled a hearing next week to consider a motion for a temporary restraining order filed Friday. Attorneys Kelly and Nicole Lundrigan, who are representing the plaintiffs, filed the order to block the enforcement of the school board's ban on racial, socio-economic, and gender-identity education. The attorneys declined to comment on the case, referring back to their motion for the restraining order.Read More"The Resolution cannot withstand the strict scrutiny it requires, and it must be struck down and its enforcement immediately enjoined to prevent further irreparable harm," the restraining order motion reads. "As is immediately apparent on its face, the Resolution is a race-based, unprecedented and unconstitutional censorship of discussions and training about 'anti-racism' among a host of other prohibited topics, which violates the Fourteenth Amendment."Critical race theory is a lens. Here are 11 ways looking through it might refine your understanding of historyThe debate over the merits of diversity and equity education in classrooms, and critical race theory, across the country has become increasingly politically divisive in the past year, and the bans have gained steam in states led by Republican lawmakers. A Florida law banning critical race theory teaching took effect Friday, and state lawmakers greenlighted a similar bill in Idaho, which also included universities.The school district Board of Education's resolution on the ban states schools in the district may not require people to "admit privilege or oppression" nor influence a student to consider an aspect of their identity, like race or gender identity, "as a deficiency or a label" that could serve as a stereotype.The plaintiffs argue that an enforced resolution would strip students and teachers of their First Amendment rights to free speech and information, especially disadvantaging students of color and those who identify as LGBTQ+. The complaint also states the ban would violate their Fourteenth Amendment right to due process, marked by the "vagueness" of the guidelines.Josh Bazan, a spokesperson for the school district, said the Board of Education and school district have received the complaint and are reviewing it with legal counsel. He declined to comment further.
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Worcester Man Found Guilty Of Murdering 'Faithful' Ex-Girlfriend, Mother Of 2
A Worcester man is facing life in prison after he was found guilty of the first-degree murder of his ex-girlfriend, the Worcester County District Attorney's office said.
Antonio Lucas, age 43, was found guilty of murdering Cleucilene Alves da Silva, age 41, inside his home at 27 County Street in Worcester on May 31, 2019, the office said. Alves da Silva died after Lucas stabbed her multiple times.
“Our prosecution team of Assistant District Attorneys Tiffany Scanlon, Tara Nechev and Nathaniel Beaudoin, did an exceptional job presenting this case and working to obtain justice for the victim,” Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said. “I want to thank the Worcester Police Department Officers and Detectives for their thorough and diligent work and Victim Witness Advocate Maria Deyette for being with the victim’s family throughout the case.”
The couple used to live together at that the same home where Alves da Silva was murdered. Lucas was arrested at the scene, the office reports. Alves da Silva's death sent shockwaves through her local Brazilian community.
"A woman of faith, a dedicated mother and a faithful friend, she was able to see good in everyone and everything," a GoFundMe organized in her honor read. "Her enthusiasm and positivity was contagious, she simply loved life and had big dreams for her and her beautiful children."
Alves da Silva left behind two sons, ages 21 and 18 at the time of her death, according to the GoFundMe. She had also recently brought one of her sons to the United States, the campaign said.
Lucas will be sentenced on Sept. 7, the office reports.