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School District To Host An Event Open To ‘Priority Families Only,’ Separating Attendees By Skin Color

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A Massachusetts public school district is holding an event for families that gives priority to certain demographics such as “families of color,” according to a flyer advertising the event.

Cambridge Public Schools (CPS) is hosting an event “to help Cambridge families get ready for summer” on March 26, according to the flyer.

The first 90 minutes of the event are “open to priority families only,” the flyer says. “Priority families” is a term defined on the flyer as “families of color, free/reduced lunch, families who have a child with disabilities and families who first language is not english.” The final two hours of the event will be “open to all families,” the flyer says.

CPS told the Daily Caller News Foundation that “it deeply values equity and ensuring valuable information is accessible to each and everyone of our families,” but regretted the wording used in the flyer.

“In an effort to reach and engage with families who are sometimes marginalized and underrepresented at district-wide events, a dedicated time was set aside at the ‘Rollin’ and Summer Resources’ event,” Sujata Wycoff, CPS’s director of communications told the DCNF in a statement. “We regret the use of the phrase ‘priority families’ on the flyer. It was not our intent to cause any harm in any way.”

The event is advertised for “K-8 families,” and it will include roller skating, snacks and entertainment for young children, according to the flyer. (RELATED: ‘We Want Him Out’: Video Shows Teacher Leading Preschoolers In Chant Denouncing Biden)

Centennial Elementary School (CES) in Denver Public Schools (DPS) previously made plans to host a “families of color playground night,” which DPS said was requested by black families so they could meet other black families.

Parents Defending Education (PDE), an organization fighting indoctrination in the classroom, filed a federal civil rights complaint against CES with the U.S. Department of Education in December 2021. The school violated both the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution for discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin, according to PDE.

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