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Summit: Equity is greatest enrollment challenge  

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 24, 2015) -- A group of parents, staff and community members on June 23 overwhelmingly agreed that assuring equity among schools is the most important issue facing the City School District of Albany as it plans for future elementary and middle-school enrollment.

 

The discussions took place between more than 100 people from throughout Albany who attended a "Grade Configuration Summit" at Giffen Memorial Elementary School. Participants were assigned to groups and asked to rank the issues facing the district in its efforts to determine a long-term enrollment strategy. Click the highlighted text to see the worksheets that guided their discussions and a video chronicling the deliberations.

 

Feedback from the June 23 summit will be reviewed by a steering committee that is charged with making recommendations for the Board of Education to consider for the 2016-17 school year and beyond.

 

“Everything kept coming back to equity regardless of what we talked about. It’s a huge beast to tackle, and everyone defines it a little bit differently,” said Shelette Pleat, principal of Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) and a summit participant.

 

Suggestions for achieving equity varied from improving data collection on students to redrawing the lines for individual schools to changing the grade structure to providing more academic social, health and mental-health supports to struggling students to making teacher training more relevant.

 

Input from the summit will guide the steering committee, whose next meeting is June 30, in its work.

 

“This process is about far more than determining which child will attend what school. It is about creating a long-term plan that is equitable and sustainable, a plan whose chief goal is to assure that all children have the tools they need to succeed all throughout school,” Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. told summit attendees.

 

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The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and prepare all students for college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our diverse community. The district serves more than 9,000 students in 15 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed academies at Albany High School.

         
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