(The Center Square) – Several concerned residents believe teachers and students in the School District of Philadelphia express antisemitism without impunity, including in an off-campus educator event they say excluded Jewish teachers.
In letters submitted to the school board for its Jan. 25 meeting, a handful of residents said that Jewish students are afraid to disclose their identities at school “and are being faced with ridicule by other students and SDP employees.”
The letters cite “numerous” unspecified incidents across multiple schools “that have contributed to unsafe learning conditions in our children’s classrooms and environments.”
Teachers have also been accused of “blurring the lines between their personal opinions and misconceptions and their professional roles.”
The residents criticized the district’s social studies curriculum and the “wide latitude” teachers get to share antisemitic views in the classroom, “making Jewish students a target for hate.”
On Jan. 13, Racial Justice Philly organized a Palestine Teach-In event