NSBA joins national call to action against bias incidents in schools
December 2, 2016
The National Schools Boards Association (NSBA), along with eight leading educational organizations, has issued a call to action in response to increasingly frequent reports of bias incidents and violence within schools nationwide.
Asking school districts to “make our schools’ values known,” the call to action asks educational leaders to reaffirm the principle that “schools and school systems are responsible for providing all students with a physically and emotionally safe learning environment.” As part of efforts to bring awareness to the issue, constituents and leadership are encouraged to publicly reaffirm inclusive values, host community conversations on respect and inclusion, and post public statements affirming these core values.
Stating that, “Violence, intimidation, and purposefully harmful expressions of bias undercut the core mission of schools and have no place in our school communities,” the call to action asks educational stakeholders to support students who may face bias incidents, particularly those targeted by race, color, national origin, immigration status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or religion.
The NSBA has further reached out to its constituents to convey their support of school board members’ work to make “the schools in their districts sanctuaries.” Joining the NSBA are AASA, The School Superintendents Association, American School Counselor Association, GLSEN, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Independent Schools, National Association of School Psychologists, National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the National Parent Teachers Association.