You are all enthusiastically invited to attend a public forum on Educational Equity on April 3, 2008 at 6:30pm at Centro Hispano of Dane County [Map] organized by HOPE (Having Options in Public Education) and SIS (School Info System). Rafael Gomez will be leading a panel discussion on the topic of Equity in Public Education followed by an audience Q & A that will focus on the following questions:
- Are equal programs the same as equitable programs?
- How do recent Board decisions (e.g., attendance boundaries and high school design) ensure equity and/or address the achievement gap?
- Have other recent decisions/changes been made that will positively impact closing the achievement gaps?
- How are we addressing the issue of ensuring equity in education in a diverse urban population?
Other panelists will include a member of the MMSD Board of Education, a representative from the Urban League, a representative from Centro Hispano, and a former member of the MMSD Equity Task Force. (The Equity Task Force’s final report from March 2007 is attached.)
Thank you for your commitment to quality in our public schools and we sincerely hope you will be able to join us for this interesting and informative conversation.
Nancy Donahue, HOPE Organizer