In City Schools of Decatur, we are committed to aligning educational practices, policies, and resources to ensure that all students have access to and feel welcome to participate in high-quality learning experiences, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender, ability, religion, sexual orientation, linguistic diversity, or other cultural characteristics.
City Schools of Decatur defines educational equity as ALL students having the resources, opportunities, and rigorous and relevant learning to ensure their educational success.
We believe that educational equity requires...
- high expectations for all students.
- a culture that celebrates and is reflective of and inclusive of all students and staff regardless of age, belief systems, disability status, ethnicity, gender identity, race, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or national origin.
- the systematic use of data to determine the allocation of resources.
- the purposeful development and implementation of district policies and practices with a focus on amplifying equity.
In terms of educational equity, we believe that…
- positive relationships form the foundation of an equitable school district.
- a world-class education requires racial consciousness, cross-cultural awareness, and gender equity.
- all students should be empowered to be active participants in their own learning.
- we must work together to eliminate predictable patterns of academic achievement based on race, socioeconomic status, and gender.
- school does not have to look the same for each and every student and outcomes can still be high.
- we must measure our efforts to promote equity to ensure that “all means all.”