Superior Schools Adopt Racial Educational Equity Statement
The Superior School Board approved the Racial Educational Equity Statement this week.
District Administrator Amy Starzecki says that " As I stated this past summer, the School District of Superior has a responsibility to create a sense of urgency and accountability for addressing a system that historically has not supported all citizens. Change starts with our children. Change starts with education."
To enact that change the district created an Equity & Social Justice Leadership Team comprised of teachers, parents, community members, and administrators. Their first goal was to create the Racial Educational Equity Statement, which serves the objective of communicating the district's commitment to equity.
Here is a link to the entire one page Racial Educational Equity Statement, and here are some highlights:
The statement starts off by saying, "the District’s historic, persistent achievement gap between White students and Black, Indigenous, and students of color is unacceptable."
- Acknowledging racial and cultural biases and eliminating institutional structures and practices that affect student learning and achievement.
- Recruiting, hiring, and retaining a diverse staff that more closely reflects the school community.
- Understanding that all students may need different things to succeed, but ALL students can succeed.
- Ensuring ALL students must have options when they graduate.
- Providing students and staff with resources, opportunity and support needed for success.
In an email to parents, Starzecki says, "As a school board, superintendent, and staff we are committed to work even harder to do our part to stop injustice and realize our school district's vision: In Superior, ALL means ALL...every student, every day."