REPORTING ON THE
BLACK AND BROWN FORUM FOR EDUCATIONAL EQUITY AND EXCELLENCE
Achieving Educational Equity Now
PHOTO BY ARMANDO AYALA PHOTO BY ARMANDO AYALA
The Black and Brown Coalition for Educational Equity and Excellence and its 25 Partners thanks the more than 1000 parents, students and community members of Montgomery County who joined us at the October 15, 2019 Forum. Your presence sent a strong message about the engagement of the Black and Brown community in advocating to achieve educational equity and excellence NOW! We also want to wholeheartedly thank 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 for their participation in the 2019 Black and Brown Forum for Educational Equity and Excellence. The Black and Brown Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Education is a partnership created to address inequities in education in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS).
The Forum highlighted MOCO 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.
Our work is on a path to success, but we still need your help
and support as we move forward. Write us at
We want you to STAY ENGAGED by joining us at any of the
October 29, 2019
Council Hearing on Racial Equity and Social Justice Act
October 29, 2019 PHOTO BY ARMANDO AYALA
County Council Hearing on County's Racial Equity and Social Justice Legislations (Stella Warner Council Office; 1:30 pm and 7 pm)
November 6, 2019
Blueprint for Maryland's Future Forum: Montgomery County (Blair High School; 6-8pm)
November 19, 2019
December 18, 2019
Superintendent’s 2021 Budget presentation to the Board of Education