School district's equity committee seeks applicants

CHAMPAIGN — If you live in the Champaign school district and are interested in weighing in on equity issues in the school district, such as academic progress, special education and more, you might be interested in applying for the district's Education Equity Excellence Committee.

Community members who are interested in serving on the committee should apply to Superintendent Judy Wiegand, at the Mellon Administrative Center, 703 S. New St., C. Applications must be received in the superintendent's office by 5 p.m. Aug. 31 to be considered.

Applications and more information about the committee are available at http://www.champaignschools.org/eee.html or at the Mellon building.

The school board will approve three new members, who may be parents or guardians of school district students, represent community organizations that handle equity or education issues or "individuals who will assist the district in achieving the committee's purpose," according to a news release from the school district. The new members will replace committee members whose terms are up, Wiegand said.

Committee members must live within the school district's boundaries and the school board is looking for "members who will represent a diverse cross-section of the community that reflects the district's student enrollment," the release said.

The committee addresses things like "academic progress, special education, gifted, Advanced Placement and Honors classes, the Academic Academy, attendance rates, discipline rates and graduation rates," according to the release. The committee also works to provide two-way communication between the school district and community members.

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Sid Saltfork wrote on July 21, 2012 at 11:07 am

What is the definition of "equity"?  Is it based on income?  Is it solely an economic background definition?  Does it apply to the working poor, and/or the poor?  What is the definition of "equity", and "diverse cross-section of the community"?