Tweet-gate isn’t the is­sue

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND VOICES - Jen­nifer H. Tarr The writer is a Du­laney High School parentad­vo­cate.

I’ve wit­nessed the back­lash and sup­port for Bal­ti­more County Su­per­in­ten­dent Dal­las Dance’s re­cent retweet that made a poor use of words such as “non-whites” be­ing shown love and protection af­ter the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion (“The Dance tweet,” Nov. 14). I read the ban­ter­ing opin­ions of two school board mem­bers who clearly dis­agree about more than this one tweet. Most im­por­tant, I did hear the word “equity” preached ev­ery­where from the school board mem­bers, Mr. Dance and the pub­lic.

As the par­ent of a Du­laney High School stu­dent, I trea­sure the wide diversity DHS in­cludes. The staff and stu­dents strug­gle daily in a build­ing that is not part of the “equity” that con­tin­ues to be echoed through BCPS. The in­equity in­volves the build­ing and sites, not the love or protection of stu­dents by staff. Du­laney High School has been ig­nored for main­te­nance and up­dates for years. This in­equity has placed ev­ery­one in dan­ger and clearly of­fers a very lim­ited 21st-cen­tury learn­ing op­por­tu­nity that most Bal­ti­more County schools have the priv­i­lege of pro­vid­ing.

So, as we fight over tweets and so­cial me­dia opin­ions, along with our parentad­vo­cates, I will con­tinue to fight for all Du­laney stu­dents and staff to re­ceive the equity that clearly mat­ters to ev­ery­one. This mul­ti­cul­tural com­mu­nity thrives with a new school built for all stu­dents and staff to­gether.

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