WINNETKA, Ill. -- When a largely white public school nestled in Chicago's wealthiest suburbs planned a daylong civil rights seminar, it drew award-winning authors and crafted a college-caliber syllabus.
But New Trier High School has found itself stepping into the minefield of the national dialogue on race and civil rights.
Some parents and conservative groups have deemed the event "radical" and "divisive." Dueling petitions have circulated. Heated emails have piled up. Hundreds packed a school board meeting last week.
Some educators worry their work will become more difficult after a polarizing presidential election that's fueled divisions.
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