Equity measures are the responses of public schools in our county, state, and nation to historic social injustices that persist, despite progress made over decades. The equity policy is neither discriminatory nor racist.
Academic achievement from K-12 is correlated to the socio-economic status of the child’s family, race, and/or whether or not the child comes from a family where English is spoken at home. home, which speaks to the inequality that still exists in our society. This inequality has a historical basis. Are we ready to punish children for this story?
The meaning of fairness has recently been misinterpreted and distorted by fearmongering politicians. An illustration of fairness shows three children of different heights trying to look over a fence that is too high for the smallest child; the middle child might manage with a rappel step, while the older child sees without any help. There are three booster packs available for distribution. Split equally, only two of the three would see over the fence, but is that fair? For justice to be served, every child must receive the help they need to see over the fence and succeed in school to the best of their abilities. Do underprivileged children deserve more to struggle than the child big enough to see over the fence, because of the circumstances in which they are raised?
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In Montgomery County, there are three schools whose student population is from a lower socioeconomic level than the others, where test scores are relatively lower, and absenteeism higher. Can we imagine that the children of these three disadvantaged schools present a different distribution of abilities from that of the children of the “richer” schools? Additionally, there is a disparity in the rates of disciplinary action taken against black children and children with disabilities in Virginia public schools compared to other groups. Can we imagine those children who are more strictly disciplined in our schools being treated with as much understanding as their counterparts who also sometimes misbehave?