The following was read at the last Framingham School Committee meeting and submitted to Source for publication:
My name is T.L. and I am a parent in the district and one of the co-founders of Framingham Families for Racial Equity in Education (FFREE). I won’t take up too much of your time as the previous statement thoroughly explained our mission and goals. I would encourage you to read through the material provided and have a conversation around what this means to you as a School Committee.
As a parent of color I certainly have stories and opinions of ways in which the Framingham Public school system is not equitable for all children, both children of color and white children.
However, I won’t spend the time that we have together tonight to examine these… Not yet.
My ask of you all tonight is that you truly lean in. Lean into this work even though it can be hard and uncomfortable. Lean in even though you may not yet grasp what racial equity is. Understand that this passion is a passion for ALL of our kids, every single one, that learn and grow in the classrooms in this district. If you have questions, ask. If you don’t understand the answer, please ask again. Google, Research. Dialogue. Do what it takes to support the voices and concerns of
Our Superintendent, Dr. Tremblay, and members of FPS Administration have been generous enough to lend us their ear and we look forward to continued collaboration with them. As a group we also expect your bravery and leadership in having these conversations with each other and within our school system.
Thank you for your time
T.L. (on behalf of FFREE)