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Important Statement from Superintendent Dr. Charles Smialek

October 27, 2021
Clarification of Board Members' Position on Critical Race Theory

A recent news article seemingly indicated that four of our current Board of Education members, Cyndee Bratz, Amanda Karpus, John Schweitzer, and Steve Vaughn, support the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in our schools. This notion is not at all accurate. We have clearly and succinctly addressed CRT on multiple occasions at our Board meetings: we do not teach, nor do we have any plans to teach CRT in our schools. Our curricula are publicly adopted documents that are accessible through a public records request. Further, our course registration guide is available at None of these contain any reference to CRT. It simply is not, nor will be, present in the Parma City School District.