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Newberg School Board Tables Decision On BLM, Pride Flag Ban Reversal

(Newberg, OR)  --  The Newberg School District is tabling a decision on whether to reverse its ban on Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ Pride flags in school buildings.  The board voted to table the issue during a special meeting last night.  Board Chair Brian Shannon said he wanted to time any potential reversal of the ban with new policy language.  The ACLU of Oregon issued a statement Monday demanding an immediate retraction of the ban.  The ACLU says the flags constitute protected speech and that schools are legally obligated to ensure that Black and LGBTQ students and employees are welcomed.  The Newberg School Board voted 4 to 3 to enact the ban earlier this month, prompting criticism from the ACLU, the teacher's union and the state legislature's Black, Indigenous, People of Color Caucus.

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