Speech to Text for Community divided after 4J appoints Jim Torrey to board
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police department. and i will support the laws and the constitution of the united states of america and the state of oregon" the 4-j school board has a new... but familiar face as jim torrey makes an unlikely comeback following his election defeat. but not everybody in the community is on board with torrey's appointment --- with some calling it a "missed opportunity" to increase diversity.. kezi 9 news reporter emma jerome spoke with torrey and his critics. as she reports they all seem to want the same thing in the end. ic: "our students.. all of them and our community are counting on you." on thursday... some in the latin-x community called on the board to appoint maya rabasa to the vacant 4j school board position. after jim torrey was appointed... many of those members just up and left the meeting today.. torrey told me he hopes to bridge the gap between the board and the latin x community. jim torrey: "if you're african-american or you're asian or latino... beingt able to relate to someone of your own color is important " emma jerome: "30,000 spanish speaking residents and some local community groups say minority children are not being served in our schools---or represented on the board. imelda cortez: "we have a large majority of our students of students of color shown through our town hall symposiums who have unfortunately internalized that they are not worthy and have become prey to the worthiness gap." sabrina gordon... president of the 4-j teacher's union says that minority representation matters. sabrina gordon: "students need to see themselves and that diversity reflected in the people who are making decisions and creating policy that impacts kids" she says everybody who works in education has intentions to serve our kids well... but s he said the discrepancy between that intention and actions is where theres work to be done sg: "we all need to be really aware of the biases and the filters that we bring and we all need to be looking for opportunities to raise the voices of people who are traditionally under-rerpresented at the table." torrey will serve until june 20-21 and he said after that? it's time for him to hang up his hat and move on to something else. reporting in eugene... emma jerome kezi 9