School district pays girl, 11, $6,500 for speech, workshop
POUGHKEEPSIE >> The Poughkeepsie school district paid an 11-year-old child advocate $6,500 plus expenses for serving as keynote speaker for staff and hosting a student workshop last week.
The Poughkeepsie Journal reports the district hired Marley Dias to speak during the superintendent’s conference day last Tuesday.
The board voted 3-1 at its Nov. 9 meeting to retroactively approve Dias’ consultant agreement.
The girl, from West Orange, N.J., created the popular #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign to draw attention to the lack of racial diversity in children’s literature.
She gave an hourlong speech to staff before leading a 90-minute workshop for 50 students.
School district Superintendent Nicole Williams said at last week’s meeting that Dias’ resume is “tremendous” and the district shouldn’t discriminate because she’s 11 years old.
Dias was paid through funding from a federal education program.