Board members defend diversity consultant

Evanston Township High School board members seeking re-election defended at a forum Tuesday night the district's work with the Pacific Educational Group, a controversial San Francisco-based consultant on diversity issues.

Two challengers for board seats said they aren't familiar with the firm's work, while a third said board members and teachers should hear additional perspectives on the issue, beyond those of PEG.

PEG's advice apparently was a factor last year leading to a controversial decision by a school principal in Ann Arbor, Mich., to schedule a blacks-only field trip that drew criticism from local residents.

Pacific Educational Group has also drawn criticism from conservative school activists, while drawing praise from school officials in California and elsewhere.

About 50 peole attended the Tuesday night forum sponsored by the ETHS Parent Teacher Student Association in the school's Upstairs Theatre.

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