Interim superintendent commits to reviewing schools’ racial practices

In a letter sent to staff, Madison Metropolitan School District Interim Superintendent Dr. Jane Belmore said she is looking at reviewing policies regarding race.

“I’m committed to reviewing this past practice through the lenses of students, staff and community members, especially our black students, staff and community members,” Belmore said in reference to the district’s commitment to anti-racism.

The letter came just after a Monday afternoon call by Board of Education President Gloria Reyes to reinstate a Madison West High School security guard.

The district had fired Marlon Anderson for using a racial slur. MMSD cited a zero-tolerance policy for such language. Anderson says a student had called him the slur and he used it himself to explain why the word is not acceptable.

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