As the school bell rang — virtually — this week for Buffalo Public School students, Black Lives Matter became a part of the growing curriculum out of Morrell’s office.
“America is kind of listening and engaged in this conversation and it really pushes our work forward as well what we had already started five years ago,” she said.
Morrell is tasked with curriculum infusion, promoting equity and bridging racial divides. She introduced the 1619 project and Brownies Literature into the classroom. Her latest effort are lessons relating to the 13 principles of Black Lives Matter.
“To not address it is just to me careless,” she said.
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Puzzo is black. He likes to punch Timothy in the stomach.
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