Wednesday, June 20, 2018 07:45 PM

MORE THAN 130 COMMUNITY LEADERS WRITE OPEN LETTER URGING EDUCATIONAL EQUITY IN HAMILTON COUNTY SCHOOLS

More than 130 community leaders, advocates and businessmen and women came togetherWednesdayto stress to the community and, ultimately, Hamilton County Schools the importance of addressing equity. "There have been some questions in our community about what educational equity means. At its heart, equity is about making sure that all children in Hamilton County - whether black, white, or brown - have a real opportunity to reach their full academic potential regardless of their background, neighborhood, or family circumstance," states the open letter they releasedon Wednesday. Document: Open letter More than 130 community leaders write open letter urging equity at Hamilton County Schools. The coalition released the letter in a strategic move the day before the next school board meeting. The group was spurred to action by community debate that followeda statement released by board members Rhonda Thurman, of District 1, and Joe Smith, of District 3, onMay 11that denounced a report by a local nonprofit, UnifiEd. The APEX report recommended enhanced transportation options and greater student choice to increase opportunities for students of all backgrounds. "While it's reasonable to debate the potential strategies the school system might implement to address and improve educational equity for all students, we must address ...

News source: Times Free Press

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