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State Education Board Calls On Newberg School Board To Reverse Flag Ban

(Salem, OR) -- The Oregon State Board of Education is calling on the Newberg School Board to reverse its ban on Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ Pride flags. The Oregon Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution yesterday that calls on all districts to create safe spaces for students. The resolution specifically said Newberg's board needs to validate that students' identities are not inherently political or controversial, but rather are welcomed and affirmed. The Education Board is the latest of multiple agencies to condemn the flag ban, following the American Civil Liberties Union, the teacher's union and the state legislature's Black, Indigenous, People of Color Caucus. The American Civil Liberties Union also threatened legal action against the district last month, saying the flags constitute protected speech and that schools are legally obligated to ensure that Black and LGBTQ students and employees are welcomed.

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