New York State, a corrupt sewer so toxic that it just elected Cuomo’s Girl Friday who ran on a platform of letting junkies batter the elderly for cash like pinatas, has finally decided to crack down.
No, not on the criminals who have sent crime rates soaring to new highs while filling morgues and hospitals.
Gov. Hochul has made it clear that murderers, muggers and rapists, or as she changed the law to define them “incarcerated individuals”, will have the run of the place as long as they vote for her.
But Indian mascots, now that’s a bridge too far.
The New York State Department of Education (NYSDE) Thursday ordered all public schools in the state to stop using Native American references in team names, logos and mascots by the end of the 2022-23 school year, or face penalties.
The order, which was announced in a memo to districts statewide, characterized the use of Native American-themed imagery in schools as discriminatory.
Schools which fail to comply will be considered in willful violation of New York’s Dignity for all Students Act, Baldwin wrote. Consequences for violating the Dignity Act include “the removal of school officers and the withholding of state aid,” the memo read.
I suspect that school systems with Indian mascots are places with higher test scores and literacy rates than your average Bronx school which lacks Indian mascots, but has metal detectors.
This also strikes me as potentially a First Amendment issue. And a completely unneeded intervention in the running of local schools. So New York is getting its California regulatory fascism on.
This is coming from the same folks currently having meltdowns over Florida’s Stop Woke Act.
It’s wrong to tell schools not to sexually groom 7-year-olds, but individual autonomy and the educational system can go hang if there’s an Indian mascot on the premises.
What’s next? Demanding land acknowledgments, flag burnings and shouts of “Allahu Akbar” over the PA?
Canisteo-Greenwood, in Section 5, set a Dec. 12 Board of Education meeting to make a recommendation on whether to keep its Redskins mascot.
No decision has yet been reached about the future use of Indians as the name of teams at the Wappingers School District’s Roy C. Ketcham High School in Dutchess County.
“This is very, very preliminary at this point,” Wappingers Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dwight Bonk said of the state Education Department directive, explaining the district will both consult with its attorneys and seek more information from the state.
The Roy C. Ketcham High School ranks in “the top 10% of all schools in New York for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 10%, and reading proficiency is top 10%) for the 2018-19 school year.”
“The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 92% (which is higher than the New York state average of 54%) for the 2018-19 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 94% (which is higher than the New York state average of 52%) for the 2018-19 school year.”
Need I say more? More New York schools need Indian mascots. Desperately.