School dis­trict pays girl, 11, $6,500 for speech, work­shop

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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