‘Deal with it:’ Newberg school board’s conservative majority defends banning Pride, Black Lives Matter symbols

‘Deal with it:’ Newberg school board’s conservative majority defends banning Pride, Black Lives Matter symbols

About 100 people turned out to protest the Newberg school board’s decision to ban Pride and Black Lives Matter symbols. As pressure mounted, the four conservative members voted to hire a “supplemental” lawyer to advise them against likely litigation as three left-leaning board members dissented.Jozie Donaghey The Newberg school board is more sharply divided than ever after four right-leaning members voted to hire a “supplemental” lawyer to defend their decision to ban Pride and Black Lives Matter symbols in district schools . Newberg school board Chair Dave Brown and his vice chair, Brian Shannon, forced the vote to hire the firm without the advance notice required by Oregon public meeting law despite protests from three of their fellow board members and the community at large . “Have a little respect for rule of the majority,” Shannon told dissenting board members during the Aug. 24 meeting. “You lost an election. Things aren’t necessarily going your way on all the issues now. Deal with it.” But Brandy Penner, Ines Peña and Rebecca Piros, all of whom voted against banning the symbols and hiring a new attorney, contend the school board’s conservative majority may be amplifying the desires of a vocal minority of constituents or even acting on the suggestions and encouragement of people from outside the district. Shannon, Brown and board member Trevor DeHart rebuffed Penner’s suggestions that the board compile the numerous emails it’s received over the last few weeks and determine how many of them came from students, parents […]

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