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Westwood School Board Tells Teachers You Need Approval Before Classroom Discussions of Any “controversial issues”

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Westwood NJ, in an effort to reassert the rights of parents , the Westwood Regional School District board has voted to require superintendent approval for classroom discussions of any “controversial issues” not specified in the district curriculum, clamping down on teachers politicizing classrooms but drawing criticism from those who warned that the change will stifle conversations about real-world topics.


At a meeting last week, the board voted 7-2 to adopt a change to its long-standing “controversial issues” policy. Members Jay Garcia and Andrea Peck voted against the revision. Laura Cooper, James Parrino, Stacey Price, Douglas Cusato, Irene Fenarjian, Kristen Pedersen and board President Michael Pontillo voted for it.

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5 thoughts on “Westwood School Board Tells Teachers You Need Approval Before Classroom Discussions of Any “controversial issues”

  1. Welcome to a neofascist world. This is terrible. Westwood should know better.

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  2. Good for Westwood
    Protect out kids

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  3. All gas no brakes! Drive it home WWRSD.

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  4. Welcome to a sane world. This is wonderful. Westwood knows better.

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  5. Ridgewood needs to follow the example they set

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