School board approves restriction on public comment

The Salem-Keizer School Board approved an amendment to its governing policies, giving the chairperson more defined power to restrict public comment.

Since June, activists have testified repeatedly about issues surrounding the treatment of Black and brown students in the district.

Speakers have consistently critiqued select board members for alleged racist acts and affiliations, and the rest of the board’s refusal to condemn these behaviors.

Chairman Satya Chandragiri has cut off some speakers — almost all of whom have been young people of color — saying they were off-topic. Most of their comments have called for the resignation of individual board members, mostly aimed at Marty Heyen, Paul Kyllo and Kathy Goss.

In response, Chandragiri presented an amendment to board policies in November that would require speakers be civil.

Read the full story here.

Published by Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is a freelance journalist and author based in Salem, Oregon. She wrote about education for more than seven years at the Statesman Journal and now covers education and other topics throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is originally from Colorado and earned her B.A. in Politics and French from Willamette University.

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