Kansas district rejects strategic plan urging diversity


August 12, 2022

DERBY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas school district's board rejected a proposed strategic plan after some members questioned its emphasis on diversity and students' mental health.

The Derby Board of Education voted 4-3 this week to reject a plan presented after months of work by parents, students, employees and community members, the Kansas News Service reported.

Board President Michael Blankenship said focusing on diversity would not help students academically. He proposed replacing the word "diversity" in one part of the plan with the word "unity."

"If we keep going down the road of focusing on...

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