The White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has launched the first-ever school environment listening tour.
“The listening sessions will focus on school environment—bullying, student discipline and offensive imagery and symbolism. WHIAIANE will gather feedback during the tour and consider how it can inform future action to ensure Native American students receive a high quality education,” says a release from the Department of Education.
The tour already completed two stops, one in Franklin, Wisconsin on October 10 and the other on October 26 in Lacrosse, Wisconsin.
The next listening sessions will be held on November 5 in Troy, New York and November 7 in Seattle, Washington.
“We hope that these sessions will serve as a meaningful resource to the Native community as my office and the Administration work to ensure that American Indian and Alaska Native students have equitable educational opportunities in healthy learning environments,” said William Mendoza, executive director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education. “Indian students have unique education challenges as they strive to preserve their Native cultures and languages, while ensuring that they are college and career ready.”
Following sessions are scheduled for November 13 in Los Angeles, California, November 18 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and November 19 in Lansing, Michigan.
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