CLOVIS, Calif,. — The Clovis Unified school board voted unanimously against a proposed charter school on Monday night.
The One and Only Academy was spearheaded by members of the Sikh community in response to bullying.
According to a study, more than 67% of turbaned youth in Fresno experience some kind of bullying.
The petitioners said the bullying was just a catalyst and the charter would teach mindfulness. They add that it would be open to all students and they would be taught in English and Punjabi.
The School Board members voted against it because of a long list of concerns, including budget, curriculum, and religious entanglement.
They also added that the establishment of a charter to shelter children from bullying that targets religion or ethnicity, will lead to re-segregation of schools.
Supporters say they are going to continue working to make this dream a reality.
“We are going to regroup and consider our options,” said Harmit Juneja, lead petitioner.
“The school was meant to unite all races and all of us together to create a stronger community and society for all us,” said Gagampreet Kaur, supporter.
School Board members said that more needs to be done in schools about bullying. They said this meeting serves as an opportunity for them to grow as a district.