Desiree Tucker came to Frederick County for the opportunity to send her children to a better public school system.

She and her husband moved from Prince George’s County. He worried about their children attending school in a largely white county, but Tucker said it was similar to how she grew up.

Her child went through kindergarten, and Tucker told producer Heather Mongilio there were some eye-opening moments when it came to the lack of diversity in the school’s curriculum.

Then education reporter Katryna Perera spoke with Board of Education member Michael Bunitsky about the Racial Equity Committee and ways that FCPS does and does not include diversity in the curriculum.

Perera joins Mongilio to talk about reporting the story after speaking with Bunitsky.

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Just a tip, if you move somewhere and want to get along with your new neighbors, insinuating that they need to leave because of their skin color isn't going to make you very popular. It might even get you called what you are, a racist.

Crusty Frederick Man 64

If the school system in PG county was so bad why didn’t she start her crusade for diversity there ?


Because they would have to convince all the whites that left after mandatory busing.


I beg the FCPS and all parents to check into the New York Time 1619 Project.

It has a component for teachers and classrooms.

Writing African Americans back into American history, and telling the truth about the far reaching and continual repercussions of enslavement,


Slavery has existed in human society since we've had civilization. Most of us can find traces of it in our family history. Why are you playing favorites with this particular instance of it?


Not this story again! How many times will the FNP try to push a topic? Again, all about an individual that moved to Frederick county from PG county because of “a better school system”. Then she bemoans the very school system because she moved into a “white county” and complains there’s not enough “diversity” schooling for her babies? I say go back to PG county. People move to Frederick from another place because of the overall “charm and atmosphere” then they try to make it into the very place they moved FROM! I hope this is the last time the FNP reprints this article.


I am with you on this, User.


Racism is not “charm and atmosphere”.


Did you live in P.G. County? Have you gone to a game their and heard their racist remarks about whites? I have.


I agree, the woman involved is definitely a racist who takes away from the charm and atmosphere of Frederick.


Is this just a summary of the article yesterday?

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