This is a situation that governments cause and then try to sell us a solution
for the harm they cause. Note the vast majority (90%) of all rental units in
Framingham are in the downtown area (even on the south side of the tracks).
Do you see rental units around Carter Drive?
Imagine the shift in racial diversity if we could move the Pelham apartment complex and others all the way over to Carter Drive. The Carter Drive lily-white people are the ones that need the cheap (slave labor) illegal aliens. Thanks to our mayor and school committee, these are now known as "people of color".
Now they will suggest we bus the children of color (non-whites) across town to achieve racial equity. I can see school quality increasing downtown and decreasing around Carter Drive.
We would not need the Fuller override if we would just stop the free flow of illegal aliens into Framingham.
|Framingham schools plan racial equity audit||October 25, 2018|
|Zane Razzaq 508-626-3919||Metrowest Daily News|
Framingham schools will undergo a racial equity audit to determine the best ways to address inequalities within the schools. The district is preparing to search for the right consultant to take on the work.
FRAMINGHAM - Framingham school officials are ready to look for a consultant to lead a racial equity audit of the schools, with a plan to release a request for proposals by the end of this month.
"I'm so interested to see who we're going to get for this. I'm ready to hand this over, post it, let's see who we're going to get," said Gloria Pascual, chairwoman of the Racial Equity Subcommittee, during a meeting on Wednesday.
The audit was recommended by the subcommittee and approved by the full School Committee in June. All bids will be reviewed by the members of the subcommittee, which includes Pascual, District 8; Beverly Hugo, District 1; Noval Alexander, District 5; and Tracey Bryant, District 9. The winning bid will be sent to the city's Procurement Office in order to finalize the contract. The audit will likely begin this winter.
In a draft, the district names a host of factors as reasons for the audit. While black and Latino students make up 34.1 percent of the student population in the district, they comprise twice as many in-school suspensions and three times as many out-of-school suspensions. The document also points to a need to increase and sustain staff diversity, saying that nearly 86 percent of teachers identify as white while over a quarter of the student body is Hispanic.
"As a district, we believe in inclusiveness and collaboration. The purpose of this audit is to understand the drivers behind the gaps in student opportunity and achievement in an effort to fully understand the challenges, identify best practices and align resources to meet the needs of our students of color," reads the draft document.
It's not known how long the audit will take, said Pascual. The panel will have a better idea of a timeline once a consultant is hired.
The consultant is expected to conduct focus groups with students, families, teachers, principals, central office staff and community partners and will give an in-depth report on the themes that emerge from those conversations. He or she will also evaluate and suggest ways to improve the district leadership's readiness, as well as current strategies to recruit and retain staff of color.
The project will examine questions such as what are the barriers to equity in the district, how can schools help foster racial identity, and what are some examples of other institutions that have made equity part of their culture. When the consultant is chosen, the outline is likely to add to the outline. Halfway through the work, the subcommittee asks that the consultant present preliminary findings.
Applicants will need to submit a work plan describing strategies for how they would take on the work; a detailed description of deliverables and outcomes; a timeline and estimated costs; and an outline of past experiences in providing consultant services with a focus on audits related to racial equity and inclusion.
Applicants are also required to provide a sample list of past and current clients and references. Proposals should be limited to four pages and emailed to Joe Corazzini, assistant superintendent for equity, diversity and community engagement, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"This is to tell the story," said Pascual. "A lot of these questions are going to the data. Tell us the story about our district. What's Framingham's story?"
At the June School Committee meeting, Superintendent Robert Tremblay said money had been allocated for the audit within the fiscal 2019 budget, calling it a "priority" of the district. The audit is expected to cost about $20,000.
|Framingham school district to hire consultant to study racial equity||October 1, 2018|
|Zane Razzaq||Metrowest Daily News|
The district will face a racial equity audit to determine the best ways to address inequalities within the schools. The report was suggested by the Racial Equity Sub-Committee and approved by the School Committee in June.
FRAMINGHAM -- The Framingham Public Schools will undergo a racial equity audit, but what it will examine is still under discussion.
The Racial Equity Sub-Committee discussed the scope of work for the planned audit in a meeting last week, weighing what it wants the report to document. Members suggested focusing on areas such as resource allocation and new teaching strategies that consider students' racial backgrounds.
"I don't think this is to rush. We've been given this beautiful opportunity to have this dialogue," said Chairwoman Gloria Pascual, District 8.
The panel was formed earlier this year with the task of helping the School Committee understand the "current racial equity performance" of the school district in areas such as curriculum, hiring, policy, and professional development. Members are Beverly Hugo, District 1; Tracey Bryant, District 9; and Noval Alexander, District 5.
The group will design the guidelines for the audit, with the help of Joseph Corazzini, the assistant superintendent for equity, diversity, and community engagement. Then, it will solicit requests for proposals, interview applicants and then hire a consultant to complete the report. The audit will likely take months.
Pascual pointed to a March 2018 equity audit done on the Needham public schools by consultant Christine Robinson as a guide for the district. That 60-page report examined, among other questions, how schools can help foster racial identity, what mindsets assist students of color and white students, and what are some examples of other institutions that have made inclusion part of their culture.
In her audit of Needham schools, Robinson reviewed more than 70 school documents and interviewed more than 50 school leaders, 50 middle-school and high-school students, and 115 parents, according to the Needham Times, a sister paper of the Daily News.
"This is not an easy task," said Pascual. "And we're not trying to figure out how many children, boys of color are being suspended. Because we already know it's a high number, we can read data. We're trying to go into organizational culture and understand how did we get here, and how do we never get back here, and where do we go from here."
Corazzini suggested that Framingham's audit pay attention to how the district is distributing its resources. He pointed to a tendency to assign veteran teachers with higher level courses while newer teachers are assigned classes that may struggle more.
"If you're taking your least-skilled teachers and putting them with your most needy students, you're sort of mismatching the actual resources with the actual need," said Corazzini. "It'd be interesting to see if students with limited barriers are actually getting more access to resources than students with additional barriers. I'd make an estimate that, you might find that."
He said talking about realigning resources could be difficult.
"Let's be real," said Corazzini. "This is about taking some dollars that could be wasted or not fully utilized and realigning them to students who really need them just to get on pace in terms of where they are within the schools. It's going to be a challenging conversation because as soon as you say that, people will say 'you're not taking the dollars away from my kids.'"
Corazzini also suggested that the consultant investigate whether the district could benefit from "culturally responsive teaching," a method that recognizes the importance of including students' cultural references in the classroom.
"Culturally, communities of color live more by collectivism, which is an all-encompassing, all-for-all, we're-as-strongest-as-our-weakest," said Corazzini. "And in terms of how things are broken down and learned, that's not prevalent in our schools today."
Hugo noted that the audit's results will not be available for many months and asked what immediate steps that the group can take to improve racial equity in the district.
"I feel a sense of urgency. What can we be doing now?" asked Hugo.
In response to that, the group endorsed a diverse history calendar that is in progress. The calendar calls for recognizing Indigenous People's Day instead of Christopher Columbus Day, among other changes.
At the next meeting on Oct. 24, the sub-committee will continue to nail down the scope of work for the audit.
The planned audit was suggested by the Racial Equity Sub-Committee and approved by the School Committee in June.
|Framingham school district wants to improve diversity, combat discrimination||June 6, 2018|
|Zane Razzaq||Metrowest Daily News|
FRAMINGHAM - The city is forming a plan to tackle racial inequity within the school district.
The School Committee on Wednesday approved the Racial Equity Sub-Committee's suggestions of doing an equity audit of the school district, getting a monthly hiring diversity reports, and moving towards removing "zero tolerance" language from discipline policies to avoid boys of color from being disciplined at a disproportionate rate.
The sub-committee presented its formal recommendations to the board, hoping to improve problems like a lack of diverse staff, racial discrimination, and a disproportionate number of students of color being disciplined.
Among the biggest concerns for the sub-committee is that students of color are not seeing themselves reflected within the predominantly white staff, based on data the group has collected. For example, more than a quarter of the students enrolled in the Framingham Public Schools are Hispanic, compared to 10 percent of the staff.
By comparison, 87 percent of the staff is white and 57 percent of the students are white.
The sub-committee recommends a hiring diversity committee for administrators to work with the Human Resources department to work on recruiting, hiring, and retaining a more diverse staff.
They also suggested implementing an Equal Employment Officer to whom employees could report bias incidents in the workplace without fear of retaliation.
"Launching Scholars" would be a sixth-grade program focused on reducing the achievement gap between white students and students of color.
The sub-committee was formed in the beginning of the year to tackle racial inequity in the district. It is chaired by Gloria Pascual and includes members Tracy Bryant, Noval Alexander, and Beverly Hugo.
If 57% are white and 25% are Hispanic, then, 82% are white.
When did Hispanic become a color? And when did color names
start with a capital letter.
Black is not a color because it does not reflect light.
White is a mixture of all colors.
One may suspect that Jews are behind this diversity program. They thrive in a very mixed population.
This is blatant racism by the Framingham School Committee. Of course this moron committee does celebrate holidays to honor fictitious gods.
I'd love to see the difference in SAT achievement between blacks, Hispanics, whites and far easterners.
It appears competency in teaching should be based on skin color. Intelligence has limited applications in our school environment.
This stupidity is brought to us by our woman of color mayor.
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