Alachua County Parents Petition Against Antisemitism in the Public School System

Alachua County Parents Petition Against Antisemitism in the Public School System

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Alachua County Parents started this petition to School Board of Alachua County

What happened and why are you asking me to sign a petition?

Parents and kids in the Alachua county school district have reported increasing instances of antisemitism within the school system. While sharing our stories within our community, a large group of parents have expressed their outrage over the antisemitic instances and have decided to work together to raise awareness of antisemitism in our schools with the School Board of Alachua County and to work together to address the climate of hate. 

The local stories that parents are sharing are a part of a nationwide rise in antisemitic instances. As we read national news reports, we remember the promise instilled in us  – to never forget the Holocaust which took the lives of 6,000,000 Jews during World War Two. Among the alarming stories, in 2019, CNN reported that 66% of Millennials cannot identify what Auschwitz is, and a few weeks ago, CBS News reported that 22% of Millennials don’t know if the Holocaust even existed at all. 

What are we asking from the School Board?

We are hopeful that the School Board will choose to be partners and leaders in addressing the climate of hate that our kids have experienced.

While the School Board has agreed to mention Florida’s new antisemitism legislation and to mention Holocaust Remembrance Day at the next School Board Meeting, this alone falls short of our request for more action.

We are asking the School Board to:
1. Create a road-map to address this critical issue across the district. The road-map can include honoring Holocaust Remembrance Day in April in all ACPS middle and high schools, infusing an anti-hate curriculum across schools, and a letter to parents outlining the road-map. 
2. Write an annual letter to parents that provides resources to discuss the Holocaust and tolerance with their kids. 

What are we asking from you?
Friends and allies, please join us in saying that hate cannot be tolerated in our community and must be actively fought against. Please sign this petition, talk to your kids, and educate yourself on the Holocaust and the many other moments in history where hate through ignorance has plagued our world.

Thank you!

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