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Maryland County Officials Replace POW/MIA Flag at Veteran’s Park with Rainbow LGBTQ Pride Flag

The pride flag replaced a POW/MIA flag at Montgomery County’s Veterans Memorial Plaza.

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Some Montgomery County, Maryland veterans and community members were surprised to find that county officials replaced a prisoners of war/missing-in-action commemorative flag in a veteran’s park with an LGBTQ+ pride flag.

County officials apparently intended to celebrate pride month by raising the flag, paying no mind to the presence of the missing-in-action flag.

The flag was hoisted over an area of the county municipal offices designated as Veteran’s Memorial Plaza. The suitably located POW/MIA flag had to be removed to make room for its implementation.

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One Vietnam veteran, John Williams, expressed his disappointment to see the memorial for missing American military personnel converted into an LGBT pride display.

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I wasn’t happy about it… The park there is supposed to be a veteran’s park. People died- their names are there, now they take down the flag and put up another one.”

Local officials appear to be backtracking now that the move to remove the veteran’s flag has been met with rejection from the community. The flag was restored to its previous place soon after its removal.

A county official, Evan Glass, stated that an additional ringlet will be added to the flagpole to allow the display of two flags, making it appear as it Montgomery County officials are still unwilling to allow the POW/MIA flag to fly alone on its own flagpole.

When asked if he had any regrets as to the removal of the POW/MIA flag, he dodged the question, merely phrasing the issue as a mere procedural gaff caused by the absence of two ringlets on the pole.

 

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Boston Public Schools Suspend Advanced Classes for Fourth Through Sixth Graders Because of “Racial Inequities”

70 percent of the students enrolled in the program were either white or Asian.

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Citing the pandemic and “racial inequities,” Boston Public Schools has suspended enrollment in an advanced class program for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders.

The program is called Advanced Work Classes, and superintendent Brenda Cassellius has said it will go on a one-year hiatus.

There’s been a lot of inequities that have been brought to the light in the pandemic that we have to address,” Cassellius told GBH News. “There’s a lot of work we have to do in the district to be anti-racist and have policies where all of our students have a fair shot at an equitable and excellent education.”

Students already in Advanced Work Classes will be able to stay enrolled and continue their work, but for at least one year there will be no new fifth- or sixth-grade students admitted to the program. Fourth-grade students will be admitted “by standards to be determined at the school level.”

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80 percent of all Boston public school students are either Hispanic or black, but 70 percent of the students enrolled in Advanced Work Classes are either white or Asian.

School Committee member Lorna Rivera was quoted as saying “this is just not acceptable,” adding that she’s “never heard these statistics before” and is “very, very disturbed by them.”

Superintendent Cassellius also claims that interest in Advanced Work Classes has waned over the years and that only five schools in the district had been offering them.

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