Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board Receives Racial Equity Recommendations

Last October, the Campaign for Racial Equity in Our Schools—a coalition of students, parents, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools staff, and concerned community advocates—released a report detailing the racial inequities that plague the Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools and making recommendations for beginning to resolve those inequities.

Last week, the group presented its findings to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education and issued a simple challenge: Can the board, with the Campaign and other stakeholders, develop an equity plan by May 2016 and then have monthly checkups on progress toward implementing that plan?

The board seemed receptive to the group's requests, but in line with its process for decision making, it referred the issue to staff and added an equity item to the agenda for the board's retreat in early February.

OrangePolitics and others live-tweeted the school board meeting. Here's our Storify archive:

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At the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education meeting on Thursday, March 3, 2016 Superintendent Forcella provided a response from the district administration on the racial equity report that was presented by the Campaign for Racial Equity in Our Schools at January 14th, 2016 school board meeting. Dr. Forcella affirmed the essence of the four commitments called for in the report including that the school leadership examine the culture of the district using a racial equity lens.

 
 

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