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Parent told that Auburn Junior High School lessons on bias have ended

A parent of one of the Auburn Junior High School students who took a test on bias last month said she was told by school officials this week that the teacher's controversial classroom lessons have ended.

Last week, Sara DeAngelis wrote in a Facebook post — which generated hundreds of comments, shares and reactions but has since been deleted — that her son was one of the seventh-grade students in English teacher Kelly Sue Haines' class who were asked on March 28 to take a test designed to determine a person's racial biases. She and some other parents questioned the appropriateness of having seventh-graders go through the exercise, and several students said the lesson made them uncomfortable.



Michelle Tumber, a parent of another student who took the test, said Thursday that she, DeAngelis and other parents attended a meeting with Auburn Enlarged City School District Superintendent Jeff Pirozzolo, junior high Principal David Oliver and other school representatives on April 1 to discuss the matter.

Saying she felt district officials "did a very good job of addressing our concerns," Tumber said that the officials told the parents that they were investigating the matter but would not be able to discuss the investigation's results once it is done due to employee confidentiality concerns.

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