District enters a new era in equity
full Equity in Education policy here
The City School District of Albany entered a new era in the development
and distribution of programs and resources in January when the Board of
Education adopted the district’s first Equity in Education Policy.
A diverse committee of parents, educators, support staff and community
partners began meeting in October with a single mission: create tenets
that recognize and support all students and employees regardless of
race, religion, language, immigration status, income, learning type,
sexual preference/identity, and physical and mental ability.
The committee’s goal was not only adherence to basic civil rights for
underserved populations, but also to increase graduation rates and
academic success, and eliminate the achievement gap between white
students and students of color.
“The City School District of Albany is committed to eliminating racial
predictability of student success,” said Board President Anne Savage.
“We are working every day to provide our faculty and staff the tools and
training they need to help every single student in Albany achieve his or
“The other members of the Board of Education and I are so proud to have
worked with the superintendent and her staff to adopt the Equity in
Education Policy to guide and support that work going forward.”
When the committee began its work in the fall, it first researched
similar policies at other districts around the country.
It then addressed the language that should be contained within the
document and stressed the importance of how building, district and board
leaders would determine if the policy was being implemented properly.
The committee’s draft policy then was presented to additional
administrators, parents and groups of students for feedback. The
committee considered those comments and amended the draft before an
initial presentation to the board in December.
The committee updated the policy with the board’s input and the board
approved the final policy Jan. 3. “Drafting this policy strengthens the
district’s ability to actualize our vision for all students,” said
Vibetta Sanders, the district’s principal on special assignment for
culturally responsive education.
“The voices around the committee table ensured that we created a policy
that honors our district mission.
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
students in 18
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