Parents who tried to opt their children out from learning Black History Month curriculum at a charter school in northern Utah have now withdrawn their requests.
Maria Montessori Academy in North Ogden experienced a public backlash after announcing plans to make participation optional, the Standard-Examiner reported Saturday.
“We regret that after receiving requests, an opt-out form was sent out concerning activities planned during this month of celebration,” a statement from Academy Director Micah Hirokawa and the school’s board of directors said.
“We are grateful that families that initially had questions and concerns have willingly come to the table to resolve any differences and at this time no families are opting out of our planned activities and we have removed this option,” the statement said.
School officials did not say how many or why families wanted to opt out of learning Black History.
Data from the Utah State Board of Education shows that only three of the academy’s 322 students are Black, while 70% are white.