School board fights, essay on education, recycling and more


Hateful habits spurs optimistic motion

Regarding latest efforts by extremists to intimidate native faculty boards, I’ve watched with alarm the rise on this hate habits [” ‘Unruly’ crowds disrupting some school meetings,” News, Oct. 3].

First, it was directed on the supposed educating of crucial race concept, then at masks mandates, and as soon as once more at efforts to show our kids about variety, fairness and inclusion. When we ask kids to put on masks or educate them about DEI, we’re educating the significance of empathy. Thankfully, most dad and mom and group members perceive and help each masks mandates and DEI instruction.

The hateful habits described within the article has spurred many people to motion. We have began the group Parents of Long Island for DEI, already with more than 1,000 members, united by our perception within the significance of fostering variety, fairness and inclusion in our faculties.

We need our kids to achieve success and to contribute positively to society. That means educating them the worth and ability of empathy. We will work to make sure that faculty boards and directors hear this optimistic message and act in our kids’s finest pursuits.

— Amanda Cohen-Stein, Miller Place

The author is president of Parents of Long Island for DEI.

Essay on training is deceptive

If one is in the least involved concerning the content material and high quality of training on Long Island, one needn’t search additional than Roger Tilles’ essay [“The pursuit of equity in education,” Opinion, Sept. 19]. Tilles appears to consider that members of the academic group fail to deal with all college students equally. If so, then they aren’t “all our youngsters.” While it’s true that college districts have completely different wants that ought to be acknowledged and met, I don’t acknowledge how “variety” comes into play.

It is true that college students ought to have an equal alternative to succeed. Tilles speaks as if there was little progress in assembly our kids’s wants and the calls for of an ever-changing inhabitants.

He speaks as if the circumstances our kids expertise are the identical as within the Nineteen Forties, ’50s and ’60s. He has been on the state Board of Regents for 17 years, but he doesn’t converse of his successes or contributions to high quality training. Instead, he absolves us of our guilt and exhorts us to satisfy our accountability.