After a brief detour, the Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 Board of Education seems likely to vote on a revised racial equity policy. District officials confirmed that the policy will be up for a vote during a regular meeting on Thursday, April 25. This will be the final school board meeting before newly elected board members take office in early May.

The development comes nearly two weeks after members of the Racial Equity Policy Committee, particularly representatives of various community organizations, issued a press release expressing their disappointment with an earlier draft version of the policy. 

In the April 13 statement, representatives with African American Parents for Purposeful Leadership in Education (APPLE), Committee for Equity and Excellence in Education (CEEE), Oak Park Call to Action, and Suburban Unity Alliance (SUA) said they were “deeply disappointed” with the final draft of the policy that D200 Supt. Pruitt-Adams and OPRF Principal Nathaniel Rouse were scheduled to present at a Committee of the Whole meeting on April 16.

The community leaders said they were concerned with “how the language in the goals have been made so general and vague that they delete substantially the spirit, details and intentions of community input in previous drafts that developed from January through early April.”

District officials eventually decided against presenting the proposal; instead, they moved it to another policy committee meeting on April 18 for further review. 

— Michael Romain 

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