I think I have explained this before, but today I want to emphasize my definition of equity. Equity is to provide access to learning for ALL students. In order to be an equity advocate, you must have a heart! My experience thus far is that not many people care about this issue. Full of frustration, I was going to close this blog, because I believe that God is the only one who changes a heart. But, as I pondered and prayed about my decision, I was reminded of my conviction that there is no victory without a struggle. So, here I am.
Illustration: Take the following scenario and let me know your thoughts. It is my understanding that for a school to receive Title I funds, 40% of their student population must be enrolled in free and reduced lunch program. However, I know of schools would not submit an application for these funds because a label of a Tittle I school would affect the community’s perception of the school and as a consequence the real estate prices. I suggest that the formula many states use to fund schools is ridiculous. The states fund a school by the real estate taxes, if student live in poverty in a community, the state will not fund the school as well as in a wealthier community. On top of that, because of a social perception, we are not applying to Tittle I funds, who are hurting? We are definitely hurting the students that live in poverty with a double whamming! Is that how we show we care? Is that a problem of the heart?