↓ Thumbs down to the New Canaan Board of Education omitting the words “diversity, equity and inclusion” from district goals as members argued that DEI has become politicized. State Rep. Tom O’Dea went so far as to declare the combination of words “a pathway to a problem.” The school ranking organization Niche graded the district with a “C-” for diversity, which will likely sink even lower in the wake of this public stand. There’s value in having a deeper discourse about major initiatives, but pretending DEI has not been embraced by the corporate world is doing a disservice to students.
↑ Thumbs up to the state of Connecticut defending its tough gun laws. In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning a New York state pistol permit law last month, new challenges have been filed against other states’ gun safety statutes, including in Connecticut. This state’s laws date to the aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy, nearly 10 years ago, when Connecticut instituted a ban on high-capacity magazines and other measures. Attorney General William Tong said the state is eager to defend its laws, and expressed confidence they will hold up to scrutiny. Given the direction federal courts have gone in, however, nothing is guaranteed. The fight for gun safety is far from over.