Dear JCPS has been invited to be part of a coalition of organizations that plans to ask the school board to add a metric for measuring success in closing the achievement gap in the Vision 2020 draft that will be presented at the Oct. 12 board meeting. This dovetails perfectly with our group’s mission of ADVOCATING for equity BEFORE the school board votes on important issues, so Dear JCPS will be supporting their movement. More information about the initiative is detailed on our Ditch The Gap page on our website.
The #DitchTheGap Coalition will be holding a press conference Monday night at 6:00 pm in front of Van Hoose regarding the achievement/learning gaps between disadvantaged and advantaged children, encouraging JCPS to include policy and measurable targets for narrowing those gaps in the Vision 2020 document. Please join us and show JCPS we are serious about wanting them to #DitchTheGap.
Achievement gaps: Differences in achievement between groups of students; including gaps by gender, race, eligibility for free or reduced-price meals, disability, or limited English proficiency; must be examined annually by school councils and addressed in council plans to eliminate those differences in achievement. (Source: Prichard Committee)
Also, join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook at #DitchTheGap and for a Twitter Storm on Monday, Sept. 28 starting at 5:00 pm.