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Watertown school board takes comment on ‘slave auction’ in executive session

pWATERTOWN — The Board of Education took no action Tuesday, and may have violated state open meetings law by taking public comment in executive session, in its first meeting since an elementary school teacher was accused of holding a mock slave auction during class last week. /ppThere was no public discussion, or acknowledgement, of the allegations made against the fourth grade teacher, whom the school district has refused to identify, but has been publicly identified by parents as Patricia Bailey. /ppA parent, Nicole Dayes, said her son, who is black, and another black classmate at a href=”https://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/north-elementary-school-teacher-accused-of-making-black-students-act-as-slaves-during-lesson-20190530″North Elementary School/a, were instructed to stand on a table while white students bid on them in a mock slave auction. Once “bought,” Mrs. Dayes said her son was told to refer to them as “master” for the remainder of the lesson./ppIn what appeared to be an educational lesson, the district quickly drew public criticism for being racist and insensitive. /ppThe district released a statement on Thursday, saying it “received complaints from parents that a fourth-grade teacher exercised poor judgment in teaching a recent lesson. The teacher has been placed on administrative leave pending a full investigation into the matter.”/ppThe school district would not …read more

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