As The Naked Dollar blog details, the precursor of this, as first reported by Bloomberg News, was the school refusing to reopen even while most other public and private schools in New York did. (This despite the lack of any scientific evidence suggesting schools were significant vectors for COVID 19.) Parents signed an angry letter, saying that the $54,000 annual tuition, none of which was being rebated, should buy something more than Zoom classes.
Possibly relenting under the pressure, Dalton has announced plans to reopen, but this has ignited another firestorm, this time from the faculty.
Apparently, reopening is racist.
In a detailed twitter thread, Quillette Managing Editor Colin Wright reports:
The Dalton School in Manhattan is having a race meltdown. It's absolutely insane. Teachers are holding the school for ransom with demands, but they're so extreme the school will crumble if they give in. But they'll crumble if they don't, too!
Here are some of the demands:
The hiring of twelve (!) full time diversity officers
An additional full time employee whose "entire role is to support Black students who come forward with complaints."
Hiring of multiple psychologists with "specialization on the psychological issues affecting ethnic minority populations."
Pay off student debt of incoming black faculty
Re-route 50% of all donations to NYC public schools
Elimination of AP courses if black students don't score as high as white
Required courses on "Black liberation"
Reduced tuition for black students whose photographs appear in school promotional materials
Public "anti-racism" statements required from all employees
Mandatory "Community and Diversity Days" to be held "throughout the year"
Required anti-bias training to be conducted every year for all staff and parent volunteers
Mandatory minority representation in (otherwise elective) student leadership roles
Mandatory diversity plot lines in school plays
Overhaul of entire curriculum to reflect diversity narratives