The Equity in Education Coalition is tired of politicians paying lip service to diversity and education officials serving up hollow promises to close the opportunity gap. We are sick of attempts to help kids of color that instead hurt them more.
The EEC works as a Washington education “watchdog,” keeping an ear in our communities and eye on our elected officials. As both emerging practices and negative trends appear in schools, the EEC bubbles up this crucial information, laying the groundwork for effective problem-solving, and shining light on actions that affect our kids. We need education policy to stay rooted in schools and communities.
Without our schools exemplifying working racial and social justice practices, Washington’s education will struggle to achieve equity; and without our communities holding Olympia accountable, education policy won’t help our kids.
In other words, we act as the bridge between real people experiencing the opportunity gap and the decision makers who want to close it. We seek to create a two way conversation between parents and teachers who feel that no one is listening, and decision makers looking for guidance on issues of equity. Instead of gate-keeping, we work to gate-break.
Eliminating the Pipeline
Kids of color and students with disabilities face disproportionate disciplinary action in schools. Undue suspension, expulsion, and other extreme forms of discipline criminalize childhood, target kids of color, and funnel students into prisons instead of higher education. In order to address this complex issue, the Equity in Education Coalition partnered with the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission to connect schools and educators with those who work in the courts and justice system. Together, we reflect, learn, build solutions, and take action.