Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Neshaminy board again tables "Redskin" decision

The wait goes on.

Neshaminy board again tables "Redskin" decision

The Neshaminy school board has postponed a vote on a proposed policy that would reverse the student newspaper´s current ban of the word Redskin, which some of the student editors deemed offensive.
The Neshaminy school board has postponed a vote on a proposed policy that would reverse the student newspaper's current ban of the word Redskin, which some of the student editors deemed offensive.

The wait goes on.

The Neshaminy School Board’s policy committee on Tuesday tabled any further action on a proposed policy that would reverse the student newspaper’s ban on the word “Redskin,” according to student editor Gillian McGoldrick.

Students and district administrators agreed to discuss the issue further after tempers flared at a public meeting Tuesday, McGoldrick said.

Students at the Playwickian, Neshaminy High School’s newspaper, have said the proposed policy violates their constitutional rights.

The full board had postponed a vote on the issue earlier this month, kicking it back to the policy committee because of lingering questions from board members and the public.

McGoldrick said students were hoping to schedule a meeting within two weeks.

Neshaminy High School principal Rob McGee said in an e-mail that he was likely to attend, but that he wasn’t sure about any other administrators. A message left with district superintendent Robert Copeland was not returned Wednesday.

Whether the full board will be able to vote on the policy next month is also unclear. After June, the board's next public meeting is scheduled for August.

The students have been enforcing the ban with the board's proposed policy in limbo, and have retained pro-bono legal counsel from Philadelphia law firm Levine, Sullivan, Koch & Schulz.

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