Title

"City" piece on Erik Richard, the Portland School Committee's first openly gay m

Authors

Connie Pacillo

Source

Casco Bay Weekly

Date

6-10-1999

Pages

8, 9

Abstract

"City" piece on Erik Richard, the Portland School Committee's first openly gay member, who says Portland school superintendent Mary Jane McCalmon has been too silent on gay and lesbian issues. The noticeable absence of "out" gay and lesbian instructors also bothers Richard. In 1998, after three years of criticism about the lack of racial diversity among Portland's teaching staff, all but about six of the city's 606 educators are white. McCalmon admitted she did not know of a single "out" gay or lesbian instructor currently on staff. Sue Clark, school committee chair, said McCalmon can't recruit gay teachers because it would mean asking candidates about their sexual orientation, which would be illegal.

Subjects

Portland -- School Committee, Mary Jane McCalmon, S Erik Richard

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