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From time to time the Lexington-Fayette Branch is in the news or has a public announcement — this is our opportunity to share this with our members and supporters.
Training standards in KY schools
October 18, 2018: FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Recent security footage showing a special needs student being dragged down the hallway of a Kentucky school has sparked concern from parents around the state, but other reports show this type of incident isn’t isolated. Two educators have already been fired from the Fayette County Public Schools system this year alone after separate incidents involving special needs students. Melissa Stanford says something similar happened to her son in Frankfort, and she still has a lot of questions. Stallard’s son William is a non-verbal student with autism at Elkhorn Middle School. According to a state investigative report Stallard shared with WKYT, a classmate saw William being grabbed and hit by a teacher’s aide in October 2017. Stallard says officials in William’s school don’t want to address the issue. "They never wanted to address this issue. Whenever I brought it up in the school, they’re just like, 'We can’t talk about this. We can’t talk about this,'" said Stallard." Read full article, with video,
Student Dragged by Teachers
October 16, 2018: "As national television networks have been airing the video of staff at a Lexington school dragging an autistic student in hallways, advocates are expressing concern, saying similar situations occur across Kentucky. NAACP and others react to Lexington school staff dragging an autistic student in hallways ... Some members of the Lexington-Fayette NAACP said they have advocated for parents who contend their children with autism were dealt with inappropriately by school staffs. That group issued a statement Monday which said members are 'deeply concerned by the episodic reports of inappropriate behavior toward children with autism spectrum disorders in Kentucky schools.'” Lexington Herald-Leader article and video
Protect our young people and families of Lexington
March 25, 2018: Dear NAACP membership and friends: this is critical action. You can read a detailed description on-line. Please help protect our young people and families of Lexington. Contact Senate Leadership and your legislators and urge NO vote on HB 169. It should not advance out of the Senate Judiciary on Tuesday. You want it stopped. If we don't take action it will advance.
and your senators at the message link. There are many more effective and less destructive ways to redirect our young people.
NAACP Urges Caution
March 21, 2018: In the Wake of Austin Bombings, NAACP Urges Caution to Members and All Communities. See our "National" website for
New Officers Elected
March 12, 2018: Four new officers were elected to the Lexington-Fayette (Ky) Branch of the NAACP, and introduced at the regularly-scheduled monthly Branch meeting. See details on our "Officers"
Best Wishes, Charles!
Updated December 2, 2017: Some members of the Lexington Branch gathered at a Lexington resturant to wish a fond farewell to our Branch Secretary, Charles Duke. Read more
Lexington schools not hiring enough black teachers
October 30, 2017: Alvin Seals looks with dismay at the demographics of students and teachers at Lexington’s Bryan Station High School. Last school year, about 36 percent of the students at Bryan Station were black, and 39 percent were white. But the school had 97 white teachers and just 10 black teachers, 2016-17 data on the district’s Kentucky Department of Education report card showed. Read more
Black students punished twice as often as white students
October 29, 2017: There are roughly twice as many white students as black students enrolled in Fayette County public schools. But last school year, nearly twice as many black students were given in-school suspensions compared to white students. Read more
Move the Monument Rally
September 7, 2017: The Kentucky State NAACP Conference is co-sponsoring a
MOVE THE MONUMENT RALLY
on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. in Frankfort in the Capitol Rotunda. Other state-wide sponsors are: Kentucky African American Heritage Commission, Kentucky Black Legislative Caucus, Kentucky Human Rights Commission, and the Kentucky Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials. Source: Facebook post, 8/24/2017
NAACP Lexington supports removal of statues
August 13, 2017: The Lexington chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has stated it supports the removal of two Confederate monuments in Lexington, one day after Mayor Jim Gray said he is taking steps to remove the statues from the former Fayette County Courthouse on Main Street. Read more
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