Monday, March 21, 2011

Perez, Ali Highlight School Safety Imperative

Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division at the US Department of Justice, and Russlynn H. Ali, assistant secretary for the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education, wrote in an op-ed for the Philadelphia Inquirer (3/18), "In a nation that values education, every child must be able to go to school in a safe environment. Administrators who don't create such an environment are hurting students' ability to succeed in school and in life." Perez and Ali added, "If we fail to help our children understand the importance of tolerance and diversity, we will ultimately raise a nation of intolerant, hateful adults" so "we must teach the traditions of tolerance and respect that are fundamental to the American way of life."

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