In the world of education, we are faced with the task of ensuring every child is given the same opportunities to achieve greatness. Today we will discuss the issue of educational equity in Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), and how the district is trying to make education inclusive for all students. You will also hear ways you and the community can play a part in giving every child, every day the opportunity to be successful. I’m your host Angela Ghafoori and this is episode one of Daily Learning Targets.
Being a teacher who has spent the past seven years working in a “persistently low-achieving” school, I have gained an understanding of the inequities within Jefferson County Public Schools. Students, who attend schools with higher levels of poverty, are subjected to not receiving the same standard of education as those who attend schools with lower levels of poverty. Educational equity is an issue in our district and has become a main focus for improvement. JCPS has made it a goal to find ways to provide an equitable education to all students, regardless of their gender, socio-economic status or ethnic origin. JCPS wishes to create a system that not only focuses on high achievement, fairness and providing an opportunity in education but ensures every student receives a basic minimum standard of education. Achieving these goals, of course, is easier said than done. Our district, school leaders, teachers, parents, students,