Things I didn't read in the Wed. Journal about the blacks-only HS assembly

What the board members said

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By Jim Bowman


Board president Phelan:

School Board President John Phelan, a lawyer by trade, said he was concerned about a process that led to an event that could be considered separate but equal, a segregationist doctrine that was later deemed unconstitutional with the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case.

"We'd all like to look the other way," he said. "From my perspective, though, it's a dangerous precedent to set."

Board member Gevinson:

"We have violated our policy as I understand it on equal education opportunity," said Trustee Steve Gevinson.

Board member Weissglass:

"If affinity groups are really unconstitutional to public institutions, that will come as a surprise to a lot of people," he said.

They are quoted in Chi Trib article "OPRF board president: Black Lives Matter assembly set 'dangerous precedent'" published online on Tuesday 3/17. That is to say, Oak Leaves.

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