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District enters a new era in equity

 

Read the 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 her goals.

 

“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 approximately 9,500 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 School.

         
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