In Southlake Texas, parents opposing the school district's polarizing diversity plan have thrown a wrench in the plan's implementation by voting in a majority of school board members who stand against it.
Andrew Yeager, who campaigned against the Carroll Independent School District's plan for new diversity training programs and diversity curriculum, beat former teacher Stephanie Williams by a landslide, according to NBC News.
Yeager received 65.4 percent of votes cast, while Williams received just 34.6 percent.
Yeager's campaign was backed by a yearlong effort Southlake Families PAC, which formed in response to the district's diversity efforts. Two candidates backed by the same pact also won seats on the Carroll school board.
With Yaeger's win, trustees aligned with Southlake Families PAC in standing against the diversity plan will now hold a 4-3 majority on the Carroll school board.
The 34-page diversity plan, called the Cultural Competence Action Plan (CCAP), was released in August 2020. It was completed as a response to an incident win October of 3030 in which a video of white Carroll high school students chanting the N-word went viral.
In response, school leaders hosted listening sessions with the community, and created a committee with 63 community volunteers to create a plan to make Carroll more welcoming for students from diverse backgrounds.
The CCAP calls for mandatory cultural sensitivity training for all students and teachers, a formal process to report and track incidents of racist bullying and changes to the code of conduct to hold students accountable for acts of discrimination, and track acts of microaggressions.
Parents packed into school board meetings, stating that the proposal would have created "diversity police" and amounted to "reverse racism" against white children.
Williams, a supporter of the plan, said she was heartbroken by the election outcome.
"This was about protecting students," Willams said. "And it was about making sure our school system was inclusive and safe, and provided all students the opportunity to be their best. And I'm concerned about not only not addressing the needs of those kids, but perhaps even going backward,"
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