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Superintendent: Plan will fight racism in Burlington schools

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Burlington's superintendent of schools says she'll unveil her plans for combating racism in the district late next week.

Tension is high in Burlington right now, and Superintendent Jeanne Collins has come under fire by some who say she has not done enough to resolve racial problems in the city's schools.

Earlier this week, Collins apologized for not doing enough to promote diversity. And although some are calling for her resignation, she says that won't stop her from developing a plan of action. But some say she's arrived late to the table.

"Does that mean we shouldn't do it? Again, there have been things happening in the schools-- family school partnerships and positive behavioral supports and the professional development that's taken place. The board just passed a new updated harassment policy and I understand the frustration behind it's kind of late, but does that mean we shouldn't continue to do things? I don't understand the other side of that statement," Collins said.

Collins wouldn't offer details about her action plan except to say it will include both short-term and long-term initiatives. She says changing a cultural climate will take time.

We also asked her about critics who say she's apologizing now because her contract will be up for discussion next month. Collins says that's not true, she's under contract for another year and simply felt she needed to apologize in order to bring both sides to the table and working together.

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