March Is Equity in Education Month
The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) has designated March as Equity in Education month. VSBA is a voluntary, nonpartisan organization of Virginia school board—including the Fairfax County School Board—that promotes excellence in public education through advocacy, training, and services.
“Equity in education requires putting systems in place to ensure that every child has a chance for success,” says Francisco Durán, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Chief Equity Officer. “That requires understanding the unique challenges and barriers faced by individual students or by populations of students, and we must work to remove them.”
School board members, superintendents, teachers, and families can play a critical role in creating a climate and curriculum where all students receive the resources they need so they graduate prepared for success after high school. This is why the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) has declared March to be VSBA Equity in Education Month. Equity in education is a significant problem nationwide. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2017 the majority of public-school students were students of color, and more than half of public school students qualify for subsidized meals due to low family income. Public education has struggled to serve these students both adequately and equitably.
On March 3, all FCPS staff members will engage in the district’s fifth professional learning session on equity. This will focus on culturally responsive decision making and on understanding how identity, privilege, power, and bias impact our schools. The FCPS website includes an Equity Profile, a data source provided to make transparent the current state of access, opportunity, and achievement for all students. The Caring Culture goal in the FCPS Strategic Plan stresses creating and nurturing an inclusive school culture for all students to have a strong sense of belonging in the FCPS community.
For more information, contact the FCPS Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200.