Students Enter Equity Conversation

‘You Can’t Fix Racial Equity if You’re Going to Continue to Cater to Racists’

High school and middle school students came out to Gaithersburg High School Monday night to share their thoughts on racial equity and social justice policy.

Students discussed in groups — large and small — how they’ve been affected by inequities at their schools based on their race and ethnicities.

The event was hosted by Council President Nancy Navarro and Montgomery County Public Schools’ Student Member of the Board of Education Ananya Tadikonda.

One common theme that students talked about was school boundaries.

During a large group discussion Kaylah Tengeya, a student at Northwood High School, referenced a Bethesda Beat article about MCPS’s boundary community conversation at Quince Orchard High.

Bethesda Beat said 50 people attended the meeting with “questions of what would happen if students from schools with poor academic performance were moved into schools with higher achievement.”

Tengeya said she was “hurt” by the the way parents were talking about lower performing schools in the county.

“When it [comes] to barriers when it comes to advancing racial equity, you can’t fix racial equity if you’re going to continue to cater to racists, or classists, or segregationists,” Tengeya said.

Recap of the Social Equity and Racial Justice Student Forum

Photos From Gaithersburg High Forum


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Deirdre Byrne

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