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Columbia residents voiced their concerns about equity in Columbia Public Schools Monday night.

In a five-hour Board of Education meeting, parents advocated for open recording of meetings where they discussed their students’ individualized education plan with instructors. Other parents condemned the district’s use of seclusion and restraint on students.

The board decided to look more closely at both of those issues.

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A local community group plans to call for the resignation of Columbia Public Schools’ chief equity officer.


Race Matters, Friends president Traci Wilson-Kleekamp said Carla London is not doing enough to advocate for students of color and their families.

Wilson-Kleekamp said she wants the school district to more effectively track and analyze data on the training of teachers on restorative efforts and social justice.