112 Equity Updates
Each board meeting includes equity updates.
You can view school board videos HERE
District Equity Updates Can be Found HERE
Stay tuned as the EAC undergoes changes. Past EAC information can be found HERE
On April 21st, 2019 ROAR released a petition called ISD112: It's Time to Act. The petition asked for specific changes in regard to equity and racism in our schools. It was a significant turning point in anti-racism work within our schools. The petition can be viewed and signed HERE
ROAR was initially encouraged by the district's response to our petition which was released May 29th, 2019. There has been many staffing turnovers and changes coupled with a pandemic in the last year. We have not seen the progress we'd like to see happening in our schools which means our work continues! (Updated 5/12/21)
1) Trauma care in ALL schools not just CHS (Update: the pilot program is being done at Integrated Arts school but no other school)
2) Equity Advisory Committee: The EAC is now under the direction of Robin Gordon who is the districts new Equity and Inclusion direction. Robin has brought much needed structure and movement to the EAC and has decided to start the EAC process over disbanding the current group. We hope to see progress come from the new working group when that is decided.
3) Equity updates at all school board meetings and posted online: This was initially happening but over the course of the last two years has gone away. ROAR has asked that equity updates clearly remain visible on the board's agenda)
4) District-wide transparent communication regarding racial incidences (Update: While we have heard rumored incidences of racism still occurring the district has not sent out any communications.)
6) Mandated professional implicit bias training (Update: The district's strategy is to begin equity and bias training with administrators. While this is necessary there are plenty of opportunities being missed to train teachers and staff.)
7) Commitment to recruiting staff of color (Update: The district says they are analyzing recruitment practices to attract more teachers of color)
In regard to the zero-tolerance response, ROAR is in full agreement that zero tolerance is not the right solution as those types of policies disproportionately affect minority students, something we are clearly trying to improve not make worse. Clear policy and procedures are needed, we are with the district on this one!