ACHIEVING EDUCATIONAL EQUITY NOW
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The Black and Brown Coalition for Educational Equity and Excellence and its 25 Partners continues to advocate for the educational equity and excellence for Black and Brown students in Montgomery County. The Coalition continues to push forward with the “asks” originally presented at the October 15, 2019 Forum. The presence of more than 1000 parents, students and Coalition Partners sent a strong message about the engagement of the Black and Brown community in advocating to achieve educational equity and excellence NOW! The Coalition has been in ongoing meetings with the Superintendent of Schools; has presented to the Montgomery County Council Education and Culture Committee and testified before the Board of Education on numerous occasions. Our elected officials and education leaders especially the members of the Board of Education, Superintendent, President and Members of the County Council, our County Executive and the leaders of our school associations continue to be a part of our discussions on creating educational equity and excellence for ALL students in MCPS, especially Black and Brown students. The Black and Brown Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Education is a partnership created to address inequities in education in MCPS.
The Forum highlighted data that showed systemic inequities that exist in MCPS and the impact of the inequities on schools in low-income communities and the impact on Black and Brown students in these schools.
MCPS commissioned a resource study which showed that:
1. Black and Brown students, particularly low-income families, spend more time with novice teachers than their peers.
2. Lower-income elementary and middle schools are much more likely to be led by novice principals.
3. Black and Brown students are less likely to have access to the most rigorous curriculum.
This data illustrates systemic patterns of inequity that prevent primarily Black, Brown and low-income students, from attaining their full academic potential.
The Coalition will continue its work in partnership with the MCPS, its partner associations and other county leaders to 1.) immediately eliminate the barriers to student achievement, and 2.) create the infrastructure and culture needed to achieve real and lasting change that transforms for the better teaching, learning, and student experiences in schools for all youth, especially Black, Brown, and low-income students. At the Forum, the Coalition publicly called on our leaders to ensure that:
All students, particularly Black and Brown students must have access to effective teaching and diverse teachers, and these educators must be supported to succeed
All students, particularly Black and Brown students must attend schools led by effective and diverse leaders committed to providing equitable access to opportunities and resources, and these school leaders must be supported to succeed.
All students, particularly Black and Brown students must be engaged in and supported to master rigorous coursework to ensure success in college and careers.
Beginning with the 2019-20 school year, MCPS and the Board of Education will regularly collaborate with key stakeholders including the Coalition to set ambitious but achievable goals, establish intermediate targets, monitor progress, and remove barriers to student success.
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