Dover-Sherborn School District hires consultant to conduct $75K equity audit; plays video on a loop about sexual and gender identities on middle school lobby TV


In June of 2021, the Dover-Sherborn Public Schools contracted with the NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools to conduct an equity audit of the district.

From the 2021, Dover School Reports

The budget for the audit was $75,000.

According to an email from a school district official and viewed by PDE:

$30,000 of the budget was paid for through two years of grant money from the state to fund the METCO Program.

$30,000 was funded with a gift from the Mudge Fund.

The remaining $15,000 was funded from each of the three school districts using the Title IV, Part A, Student Support Academic and Enrichment grant which is received annually.

The report of the equity audit findings was published on September 16, 2022.

To read the full 45-page audit report, scroll through the document below.

The Video

Concerned parents also contacted Parents Defending Education about a video played on a loop in the middle school lobby in early November. The video provided definitions of a range of sexual orientations and gender identities.

Shortly after backlash to the video, the principal sent an update. The text of that update is below: