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The Equity in Education Coalition believes that no one can advocate better for our kids than our communities and our allies. Therefore, we work with local, regional and state-wide communities to ensure that laws, policies and programs work for kids often trapped in the opportunity and achievement gap. We also hold our leaders accountable until they secure the resources required to make all children safe, healthy and vibrant.
The educational system in Washington State needs to be responsive to a child that is homeless, hungry or living in the trauma of poverty. The educational system in Washington State has to start funding programs at the local and district level that not only treat children equally but also treat children equitably. Some children need more programs, more resources and more support than other children — and our schools and laws must offer those programs if we are to re-create a system that believes that each and every child can succeed in school and can enter a living wage career.
We do whatever is needed – push, persuade, demand – to make sure our leaders pass laws that do right by kids. But, more importantly, we do whatever is needed — push, collaborate, or demand — to make sure that the implementation of those laws does not perpetuate more vicious cycles of bias, poverty or racism.
Community Capacity Building
For too long the voices of communities of color have been neglected at many decision-making levels. It is alarming that so many decisions that affect our communities are made without us present, decisions that often times have no effect or actually foster negative effects on our students and their families.
EEC was formed on the basis that no discussion about our kids and families of color should happen without representation, and already we have been raising the voices of communities of color. By working together, we can significantly increase the engagement of communities of color in closing the opportunity and achievement gap.
While Brown v Board of Education desegregated schools in the 1950’s, there are still many policies and procedures that keep educational systems and institutions segregated and unequal.
The Equity in Education Coalition provides Technical Assistance to decision-makers, legislators and state agencies to support shifting the educational systems and institutions to be equitable, inclusive of families and communities, as well as welcoming and respectful of the assets that diverse communities have and bring.