4J School Board reacts to community concerns, drafts anti-discrimination resolution

EUGENE, Ore. – In response to the ongoing debate over immigration orders and sanctuary cities, the Eugene 4J School Board looked at a draft resolution for the “Equitable and Safe Schools” issue Wednesday night.

The board is considering a new resolution after several community members voiced their concerns about members of society who may feel targeted or unsafe

The first draft of the resolution references current Oregon federal laws for public schools and districts – prohibiting discrimination based on constitutional provisions. Public school districts are legally obligated to provide education to all children, regardless of whether the child or the child's parent is a legal resident of the United States

One part of the resolution is training staff on how to handle student safety and privacy and give all students an equal education.

More than 100 people attended the meeting and spoke in favor of the measure.

“This is more than just something that we write in paper. This is about human rights. This is about making everyone feel like they're welcome here,” said Isaac Barrera who supports 4J Safe Space.

Those opposed to the resolution contacted board members saying the school was overstepping their bounds and they’re worried about not receiving federal funds.

Many people who went to the meeting want the draft language to be more clear in regards to protecting undocumented students and their families.

The 4J school board already has many anti-discrimination policies. This resolution is a way of ensuring there are no loopholes.

Board members agreed to explore editing options. They will meet again on Feb. 15 to conclude the resolution.

A draft of the resolution is below:

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