Newton Schools embrace affinity groups, teach students they must “dismantle racist structures, ideas and practices” and replace them with “antiracist structures, ideas and practices”


The Newton Public Schools brought on their first director of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in October of 2020 and has since created a Race and Achievement Leadership Team (RALT).

Below is the NPS Statement of Values & Commitment to Equity, created by RALT.

On the overview page of their DEI page is the following list taken from Learning for Justice, formerly known as Teaching Tolerance.

Below is the mission statement from the RALT page:

In February of 2021, the district hosted a webinar entitled, “The Work and Challenges of Being Antiracist.”

Newton schools have also embraced the concept of “affinity groups” — it is unclear if they are separating students by race but we know they are being used with staff.

Screenshot is from the school district website.