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Closing the Achievement Gap for Students of Color
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  • EQUITY IN EDUCATION_ AN UNEQUAL REALITY FOR STUDENTS OF COLOR

    The term ‘racial equity’ has been a hot topic locally. Most recently, the Lee’s Summit school district dropped plans to hire an outside firm to train staff in cultural and racial equity. A report revealed Lee’s Summit’s black students performed around 84 points below white students in 2015 – 2017.

    That’s a problem. But just as troubling? The margin is growing.

    The matter must be addressed — despite the discomfort  of some or the dismissal of black parents concerns. At last months’ board meeting,  there were parents  who say they weren’t against equity training. However, they wanted to know why it should focus on race versus special needs.

    (Please see my first paragraph.)

    It’s imperative that all parents advocate for their children. Pastor, author and motivational speaker Lia McIntosh has been at the helm of tackling racial equity for our Lee’s Summit students. One way to engage is to participate in forums, events and district board meetings. If you missed our on-air chat, check it out below and get details about tomorrow’s meeting.

    (Music: Alpha Music Library via Carter Broadcast Group)