Equity Lens – Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence
Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence

Equity Lens

  • Building Equity: A Call to Active Effort

    Equity is something we build. In our schools, equity means getting figuring out what will keep each learner moving forward in the learning and figuring out how to provide whatever that is. We’ve built some important capacity to meet some of those needs. For example: Lunches arrive if a K-12 student’s family would have a hard time paying for the food that allows them to concentrate on class
  • Prichard to emphasize the meaning of and importance of equity in series of Thursday posts

    In recent weeks and months, the word “equity” and the intention behind “equity” related work have been questioned. Because of this, the Prichard Committee is joining the refrain of leaders across the state who are working to dispel misinformation and to rightly connect the work of “equity” to achieving full “equality” for which we, and our Constitution, aspire.
  • School Transportation Funding: A Kentucky Equity Problem

    Equity is about providing varied resources to respond to varied student needs, making sure all students have what they need to learn. Kentucky school transportation ought to be a great example. Instead, transportation is a major equity problem. Transportation can be fairly simple and inexpensive in compact independent districts many students live close to their schools and many can walk or take short rides. In contrast, rural students at the far ends of their counties need buses that travel much greater distances. Districts should have funding that varies in keeping with those differences.
  • The SEEK Formula is a Potent Equity Tool

    The SEEK school funding formula makes a powerful contribution to Kentucky public education. SEEK (short for Support Education Excellence in Kentucky) is the primary way Kentucky funds public schools and a key way we build education equity that gives all students what they need to learn. For a detailed demonstration of how the formula works, check out the 2021 edition of our four-page “SEEK Explainer.”
  • An Accountability Decision Undervalues Impact on Underserved Student Groups

    Respectfully, I think the Kentucky Board of Education recently made a wrong decision, and I think they made it the wrong way. At the February 3 Board meeting, the Board approved an accountability change that will count results for student groups only when a school has data on 30 or more students in that group, rather than the current accountability rule using 10 or more students per grade.
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