Education Equity

What is Education Equity work?

SCAR believes everyone has the right to a high-quality education. The work is focused on advocating for education reform that promotes equity and justice, and ensuring that every student has access to resources that prepare them for success.

At its core, education reform is about rethinking and restructuring the way we approach schooling in the United States. This means addressing the underlying causes of learning inequality, reducing the reliance on standardized testing, and ensuring that education policies and practices are fair and equitable for all.

As an organization that focuses on racial equity, SCAR believes education reform must be approached with a racial justice lens. Educational inequality disproportionately impacts communities of color, and systemic racism is deeply embedded in every aspect of the education system. The organization’s work is centered on dismantling this racism and creating a more just and equitable education system.

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Some of the key elements of our education equity work include:

  • Funding Equity: One of the most important aspects of education reform is ensuring that all schools have the resources they need to provide a high-quality education. This means advocating for policies that increase funding for schools in low-income communities and communities of color, and promote more equitable distribution of resources.
  • Teacher Diversity: As an essential element to every student’s success, SCAR believes education reform begins to show impact by recruiting and retaining teachers of color who can serve as role models for students, and provide culturally responsive instruction.
  • Curriculum Equity: Another important element of education reform is ensuring that the curriculum is reflective of the diversity of our communities. This means promoting the inclusion of diverse perspectives and histories in the curriculum, and ensuring that all students have access to culturally responsive and relevant instruction.
  • Restorative Practices: Promoting restorative practices allows the community to prioritize relationship-building, communication, and accountability over punishment and exclusion.
  • Family and Community Engagement: Interacting with families and community members makes way to understand their needs and priorities, and working collaboratively to develop policies and programs that are responsive to those needs.
Interested in joining the work?

SCAR offers a range of resources, including workshops, events, and educational materials, to help get involved in the fight for education equity.

Together, we can make a real difference in the fight for education equity and build a more just and equitable society for all.

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