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Auburn school district looking into diversity, bias training, social justice studies for students

The Auburn Enlarged City School District is looking into diversity and implicit bias training for staff and social justice lessons for students.

On Tuesday, Laurel Ullyette, chairperson of the Harriet Tubman Center for Justice and Piece, addressed the Auburn Enlarged City School District Board of Education during the public comments section of a board meeting with center members by her side. Ullyette said that in light of concerns on implicit bias tests seventh-grade English students took, “our organization would like to encourage the district and the community to carefully consider a long-term strategy for dealing with this and future incidents.”

Laurel said the center would like the district to develop strategies for “incorporating and managing diversity, inclusion and equity in dealing with with students, staff and the community,” including through curricula.

Auburn superintendent Jeff Pirozzolo responded, saying he and Auburn Junior High School Principal David Oliver have been busy “strategizing and planning” because the district always wants students to be “well-rounded” and “have open dialogue.”

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