Dorchester County, S.C. - The Dorchester District 2 School Board is set to convene a special meeting on Monday, May 15th at 11:00 a.m. to consider an appeal brought forward by the District Citizen's Review Committee regarding a challenge to library materials. While the specific materials in question have not been officially disclosed, it is widely believed that the appeal centers around the book "Stamped" by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi.
Kendi's work has drawn scrutiny from some quarters for its emphasis on the role of systemic racism in American society. Critics of Kendi and Critical Race Theory argue that these ideas promote division and undermine the principles of equality and individual merit that form the foundation of American democracy.
The meeting, which will not be live-streamed, is also set to include an executive session for legal advice. While there is no explicit statement indicating that the legal advice pertains to any specific topic as required by FOIA, some members of the community have expressed concern that this could present a FOIA violation.
The decision of the School Board on this matter could have significant implications for the district's library materials policy, and many community members are expected to closely follow the proceedings. While the outcome of the meeting remains to be seen, the School Board's response to the appeal is sure to have a significant impact on the educational landscape of Dorchester District 2.