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The Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency said it will no longer use the presentation on Critical Race Theory that has been criticized since leaked documents were made public.

Whitney Smith-Bringolf, the communication facilitator for the AEA, said the presentation was put together by a volunteer committee of staff members and was not properly vetted through the necessary channels.

“The presentation was then shared internally only as a part of departmental meetings,” she said. “As an organization, we deeply regret that some of the content was not properly sourced and was unnecessarily political. We sincerely apologize for this misstep. This presentation will no longer be used.”

In addition, the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency Board of Directors and Agency Administrative Leadership “emphatically disavow” the political nature of the presentation. Smith-Bringolf said it would make appropriate corrections to processes and communication expectations.

“As a trusted resource for educators, parents and students, the Mississippi Bend AEA’s mission is to improve teaching and learning for all students through active partnerships and assertive leadership in a climate of mutual respect,” she said. “We are proud of the impactful work we do on a daily basis to assist the districts and educators who are supported through our agency.”

Author: Jacob Hall