Omaha City Councilman Ben Gray is not apologizing for saying a proposal by Omaha State Senator Scott Lautenbaugh to reduce the number of Omaha Public School District Board members is racist and sexist.
Gray stated, “You ought to be able to articulate what kind of effect this is going to have since the majority of the people that will be affected are students of color”.
Senator Lautenberg wants to reduce the number of members from twelve to five claiming it will improve efficiency. Councilman Gray says reducing the number raises red flags. He wants to know are people going to have greater access to their representative if there are fewer of them especially those people at risk.
There are currently eleven women and three minorities on the board… including Gray’s wife. Lautenberg plans to introduce his bill in January.