Every child deserves an opportunity to reach their full potential. But our education systems are collapsing under inequity, and it’s mostly because of poverty. Students who experience severe economic obstacles perform worse than students who have access to more wealth.
To bridge these gaps and ensure that all children get a real chance at a fulfilling education, we need to address systemic racism and poverty as tangible barriers to learning and future achievement.
Every Black student deserves access to great teaching, equitable resources, and a safe learning environment from grade school classrooms to college campuses. Black students matter and working on their behalf has never been more urgent.
of children experiencing poverty are children of color
The Education Committee seeks to highlight discriminatory practices (like the school-to-prison pipeline) and racial bias in public education. We study local educational conditions affecting minority groups, investigates the public school policies, stay informed of school conditions, and strives to correct issues where they are found.
Our Education Committee has a history of efforts to eliminate the school-to-prison pipeline and our president last fall presented a detailed position paper on discipline to the Superintendent. On a proactive basis, the committee teamed up with the Schott Foundation to advocate for a community schools’ approach in South Dade. We have voiced our concerns about opening the schools while the COVID-19 epidemic is still raging. Together with Miami Dade College’s Gibson Campus, the Education Committee hosted “Virtual Camp Hope” on the hospitality industry, cultural literacy, civics, job skills, and a variety of experiences for middle and high school students of South Dade We plan for this camp to serve as a pilot program for a virtual Saturday Class or a future Virtual Community School.
We are excited about our next “NAACP Ubuntu Talking Circle, Confronting Inequity and Structural Racism by Building Community Schools In South Dade,” introduced by the Schott Foundation. This is a program that has been successful in other cities and addresses some of our concerns for our children.