Newberg boarding school adopts a law banning Pride, False Life Matter signs in classrooms

Newberg teachers can be said to have displayed Black Matter Flags or flags of pride in their classrooms.

A majority of the school’s security guard on Tuesday voted in favor of a debate that barred teachers from displaying signs seen as “political, political or contentious.”

The 4-3 vote came just hours after regional coaches gathered to protest the deal, which has sparked criticism – and a national outcry – since deputy board chairman Brian Shannon announced himself in July.

It also follows two cases of discrimination in district schools.

The country’s rulers have come out against the plan and the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce has expressed concern over a law that could lead to potential visitors to boycott Newberg businesses.

Many members of the security forces argued that the banks were infringing on political instability in what should have been a no-brainer to study the community.

Shannon told The Oregonian / OregonLive in August that the Boards of Pride fall under that category because they are heard from several Newberg families who disagree with the feminist doctrine represented by the flag.

Both Shannon and board member Trevor DeHart called the law “innocent.”

“We need to go back to education,” Board Chairman Dave Brown said.

Board member Brandy Penner pushed back, saying compliance would only lead to an investigation and added that “people will be more deeply rooted.”

He also said doing so could encourage another protest in Newberg to attract more radicals to the city – on Sunday, the Proud Boys team gathered in the Yamhill County area to gather in support of its march.

Board member Rebecca Piros asked if the teacher would be barred from displaying a photo of themselves standing with a man or a woman if she complained.

“If it was wrapped up and put on the other side of the classroom, I guess someone could argue,” Shannon said.

Penner and Piros continued to offer speculation and cursed the fulfillment of this method.

“We know this law will be broken when it comes to applying it,” Penner said.

Superintendent Joe Morelock said the district will have an equally difficult time enforcing the law in all its schools.

“I think the problem is that we have different people in different buildings who take these complaints. The challenge will be to find the right balance between right and wrong, ”said Morelock.

He later said the law would likely invite complaints about wearing masks in district schools, adding that clothing is a political flashback.

The school board of several security guards made it widely available as it stepped up its efforts to prevent teachers from displaying Pride Signs with Black Lives Matter in classrooms. About 150 people gathered in town ahead of Tuesday’s vote.Beth Nakamura / The Oregonian

Penner also called on board members Renee Powell and Trevor DeHart, both of whom left Mom in the past for public talks on policy, to explain their position.

“There was a lot of voting without explanation,” Penner said.

DeHart said he believes the law only integrates national law into politics. Powell lamented the divisions that have taken place in the community over the past few months and said that, although some children in the community have been abused, board members should be sympathetic even to those being punished in these cases.

Powell added that he believes pushing to comfort some students can divide others.

“It’s not good for the other kids on the other side,” he said. “They’re being looked down upon whether you want to see it or not.”

Critics say the ban poses a risk of isolating students who are more likely to be bullied and face mental health problems than their peers.

The Trevor Project found in a 2021 study that three-quarters of students known as LGBTQ experienced discrimination at school. During the Newberg board meeting of the school is set to take public talks on August 22, gays and young people are taking their own events to the present.

They also accused the board of politically manipulating student names.

“I am not involved in politics. I am a human being, “said Newberg Catalyst High School Midas Jenkins.

Students and district teachers were united in their opposition to the law there and in previous meetings. Supporters were usually parents when they spent a long time at Newberg High. A man joined a special meeting from McMinnville.

Most of the evidence was evenly distributed between the two camps during the meeting. But the Newberg Graphic reported the critics more than 2-to-1 supporters according to the records he has received of all the requests for speech.

Many defenders of the board have sometimes worked to quickly improve the law by accepting protests against the protests of their three opposing members.

The Conservative board brought in and voted in favor of hiring Canby lawyer Tyler Smith for a “second opinion” on the order without giving the public the 24-hour notice required by Oregon law by the end of August.

At the end of September, board members introduced a first-reading rule but did not actually read aloud before moving on to Tuesday’s episode.

Voting as a porch, the four conservative members also rejected Piros’ suggestion that Morelock appoint a team of students, teachers, parents and community members to review the law and plan for change over the next six months.

Piros, students and teachers in different areas said few if any teachers hung signs — emphasis in their classrooms at first.

“What problem are we trying to solve?” he said then.

Piros also planned to convene the committee, this time expanding the pan which should include two board members and six board members. During this time, however, the body would only be reunited for six weeks.

“This will show that you are a compassionate and co-operative leader and you can build consensus through this action. It gives us a chance to break free from the violence we have experienced, ”Piros said.

Many defenders also rejected the proposal. Brown said the practice had already been dragged down.

“I don’t want to pull these patterns out for five or six minutes, let alone six weeks,” Shannon said.

The controversy surrounding the amendment of this law is a sign of the broader approach to school boards being the point of moral wars in Oregon and the general public.

The Newberg teachers’ union has stated its intention to sue the school board over the constitution, which the public has retained in an effort to amend and rewrite it with Smith’s assistance.

In its early stages, the law was to order Morelock to remove signs of reinforcement from county schools.

Morelock, advising district attorneys and attorneys from the Oregon School Boards Association, said he would not enact illegal legislation.

The current draft frees up posters in school offices with buttons or pins that strengthen teachers’ support for their union. It allows teachers to show such signs when they are part of the lesson.

The amendments did not reduce the spirit of criticism.

The Southridge High School girls’ soccer team knelt during a national anthem ahead of its match against Newberg in protest of the established rules. Tigard football fans also knelt during the impatience announcement before taking on the Newberg Tigers Saturday when fans pulled Black Lives Matter and Pride bands over the train into the stands.

–Eder Campuzano | 503-221-4344 | @edercampuzano | Eder on Facebook

Eder is an Oregonia Instructor. Do you have any advice about Portland Public Schools? Email

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