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Piscataway BOE Adopts Resolutions Supporting Pride Month and Condemning the Separation of Immigrant Families

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PISCATAWAY, NJ – At its June 28, 2018 meeting, the Piscataway Board of Education unanimously adopted two resolutions that make clear the Board’s support for human rights and its position on ensuring those rights are protected in Piscataway Schools.

The first resolution supports LGBTQ+ students, stating that “every young person and member of our school community has the right to be whoever they are, and live without fear of harassment, bullying or other forms of intimidation.” It further honors June 2018 as Pride Month in Piscataway Schools, as an opportunity to celebrate contributions of the LGBTQ+ community locally, nationally and abroad.

Piscataway Schools is committed to a school culture that promotes a safe, inclusive and understanding learning and work environment. The Board directs the Superintendent and all District staff to support lessons and activities that engage students in meaningful learning about the accomplishments of the LGBTQ+ community and the experiences of our LGBTQ+ students, staff and families over the course of the coming school year.

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A second resolution states that “we, the Piscataway Township Board of Education, oppose the separation of families and the detainment of children in immigration and any other matters.” The resolution embraces the inclusive environment in Piscataway Township and celebrates the rich cultures that are brought to our town by people of all nationalities.

The Piscataway Township Board of Education believes it is our responsibility to advocate for human rights and help protect all people from injustices and misguided practices involving immigration and other regulations and affirms its commitment to the education of all children regardless of immigration status.

“We, as a united Board of Education, stand firm in our continuous commitment to the delivery of a quality education for our diverse school community,” noted Board President Alexandra Lopez. “We will continue to focus on the social and emotional well-being of our students while maintaining standards of academic excellence. Leading by example, the Piscataway Board of Education will persist without interruption, to act as an advocate for equality and human rights.”

 

Resolution Supporting June 2018 as Pride Month

WHEREAS, the Piscataway Township Board of Education strives to model and promote inclusive and respectful treatment of all the members of our School Community; and

WHEREAS, the Piscataway Township Board of Education believes that every young person and member of our school community has the right to be whoever they are, and live without fear of harassment, bullying or other forms of intimidation; and

WHEREAS, the Piscataway Township Board of Education believes it is our responsibility to ensure that schools in our diverse community are safe and supportive of LGBTQ+ students, families, and staff; and

WHEREAS, the Piscataway Township Board of Education has supported LGBTQ+ students by affirming the rights of all students, most recently particularly for transgender students at a time when the federal government has moved to limit and deny these rights; and

WHEREAS, the Piscataway Township Board of Education is proud to support Gay Student Alliances in our Middle Schools and at the High School to support LGBTQ+ youth and allies to discuss issues such as gender identity and expression, healthy relationships, bullying, and other topics under the guidance of supportive staff members; and

WHEREAS, the month of June is an opportunity to celebrate contributions of the LGBTQ+ community locally, nationally and abroad, also known as Pride Month; and  

WHEREAS, the celebration of Pride Month is rooted in a history of struggle for acceptance and equality, promised by the Declaration of Independence and in the U.S. Constitution, and affirmed in numerous legislative initiatives and legal opinions; and  

WHEREAS, that struggle for equal rights under the law and in everyday life continues even while under threat; and

WHEREAS, by recognizing Pride Month we affirm that the Piscataway Township Board of Education honors the ongoing struggle for equality; and

WHEREAS, by recognizing Pride Month, we reiterate that our District supports policies, practices, and curriculum that honor and respect LGBTQ+ students, staff, and families; and

WHEREAS, by recognizing Pride Month we reaffirm our commitment to a school culture that promotes a safe, inclusive and an understanding learning and work environment;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Piscataway Township Board of Education honors June 2018 as Pride Month; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board directs the Superintendent and all District staff to support lessons and activities that engage students in meaningful learning about the accomplishments of the LGBTQ+ community and the experiences of our LGBTQ+ students, staff and families over the course of the coming school year; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board encourages the District staff to collaborate and work with GSA clubs and other supporters to show our Pride in our LGBTQ+ community at opportunities throughout the coming year.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be sent to Commissioner of Education Dr. Lamont Repollet, President Donald Trump, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, U.S. Representative Frank Pallone, Governor Phil Murphy, State Senator Robert Smith, Assembly Representative Joseph Egan, Assembly Representative Joseph Danielsen, Mayor Brian Wahler, and Council President Chanelle McCullum.

 

Resolution Condemning the Separation of Families and Detainment of Children

WHEREAS, the Piscataway Township Board of Education embraces our diverse community and celebrates the rich cultures that are brought to our town by people of all nationalities; and

WHEREAS, the Piscataway Township Board of Education continues to embrace its inclusive environment and works to foster a safe environment for all people; and

WHEREAS, the Piscataway Township Board of Education firmly and outwardly supports keeping families together in all immigration situations; and

WHEREAS, the Piscataway Township Board of Education condemns practices that separate children from their families in any cases, particularly in time of need; and

WHEREAS, the Piscataway Township Board of Education believes it is our responsibility to advocate for human rights and help protect all people from injustices and misguided practices involving immigration and other regulations; and

WHEREAS, the Piscataway Township Board of Education affirmed, through resolution, its commitment to the education of all children on January 26, 2017, stating equal opportunity for all school-aged children residing in Piscataway to enjoy all opportunities and benefits available in our schools regardless of immigration status; and

WHEREAS, the Piscataway Township Board of Education acknowledges, through this resolution, the struggle of good-willed people and morally opposes separating families and the detainment of children in any type of holding shelter;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, we the Piscataway Township Board of Education oppose the separation of families and the detainment of children in immigration and any other matters; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be sent to Commissioner of Education Dr. Lamont Repollet, President Donald Trump, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, U.S. Representative Frank Pallone, Governor Phil Murphy, State Senator Robert Smith, Assembly Representative Joseph Egan, Assembly Representative Joseph Danielsen, Mayor Brian Wahler, and Council President Chanelle McCullum.

 

About Piscataway Township Schools

Serving over 7,000 students, Piscataway Township Schools provide K - 12 and preschool programming, special education instructional programs and services, as well as before and aftercare, adult education classes, youth enrichment programs, and summer youth programs. The mission of the Piscataway Public Schools is the continual development of each child’s intellectual, aesthetic, social and physical abilities in a positive environment that fosters self-esteem, to help all students realize their abilities and gifts.

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