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Archive for Saturday, December 7, 2002

School Equity Council revived

December 7, 2002

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The Lawrence school district's Equity Council is searching for ways to level the educational playing field for students.

Sue Morgan, the school board's liaison to the council, said the council's goal was to look beyond equity of school facilities to include discussion of curriculum, faculty, equipment and academic standards.

That's not easy given the board's deliberations about closing three elementary schools and upgrading school facilities through a $59 million bond issue. Voters will decide the bond issue's fate in April.

The council was formed in 1986 to handle complaints from students or staff about equity issues. However, it has been inactive for several years.

The board recently decided to revitalize the council by asking members to study educational equity in the district. The task includes defining equity, identifying areas of inequity and suggesting remedies.

"The plan here is, if we can get consensus about that vision, then : come up with an action plan," Morgan said.

The council met Thursday at Lawrence High School. There is no deadline for completing the council's work.

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