OR school district votes to ban clothing, flags supporting pride and Black Lives Matter

By: | August 16, 2021

An Oregon school district has banned Black Lives Matter and pride flags, clothing and signs from its schools, marking what locals say is a concerning development in what’s becoming a national struggle in the politicization of school boards across the country.

The ban, passed by the Newberg School Board last week, applies to anything political, though the board has yet to define the term. For now, “political” means LGBTQ+ and BLM, which earned explicit mention during Tuesday’s contentious four-hour meeting.

Board members authorized the measure on a 4-3 vote, after just 31 of the 90 people who signed up to give public comment were allowed to do so.

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