RPS Equity Statement and Government Speech Resolution

Rochester ISD 535 School district has a long-standing discrimination policy to protect those involved in the school district from discrimination of any kind. Read their discrimination policy below.

RPS Discrimination Policy

Rochester Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, or disability.

Discrimination Policy – Rochester School District 535 (rochesterschools.org)

The 4 Your Children candidates SUPPORT this Policy.

This all changed in 2020.

On September 15, 2020, the Rochester School Board adopted an equity statement that reflects the Board’s core beliefs and the direction they want to take Rochester Schools. Read the statement below.

Equity Statement [adopted September 15, 2020] Click the link below to read their statement.

RPS Equity Statement – Rochester School District 535 (rochesterschools.org)

The 4 Your Children candidates OPPOSE this statement because it violates the aforementioned ISD 535 Discrimination Policy by favoring certain groups of people over others.

The 4 Your Children team produced an extensive analysis of this statement and can be read below.

In April of 2021, the Rochester School board adopted a government speech resolution. Curious about what government speech is? See this Opinion Column from June of 2021

Bruce Kaskubar: Rochester Public Schools cancels free speech – Post Bulletin | Rochester Minnesota news, weather, sports

Government Speech Resolution [adopted April 27, 2021]

BoardDocs® Agenda Item: 6.03 Resolution Supporting Equity for Historically Underserved/Marginalised Students and Adopting Government Speech in Support of the Same

The 4 Your Children candidates OPPOSE this resolution because it violates the Free Speech clause of the 1st Amendment to the U S. Constitution by promoting certain speech and expression while prohibiting other speech and expression.

There is a current lawsuit challenging the government speech resolution due to its violation of the 1st Amendment.