St. Paul school district affirms efforts to close achievement gap

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The St. Paul School District is doubling its commitment to erasing the racial achievement gap by renewing a partnership with a California consulting group and adopting a racial equity policy drawing upon 2 ½ years of work and candid talk.

The policy, approved by the school board this week, is believed to be the second such document enacted by a state school district, and it finds the district vowing to fight and overcome “inequity and institutional racism” to ensure all students succeed.

“A policy is a piece of paper, yes,” said Michelle Bierman, the district’s assistant director for equity, but in this case, it’s proof to employees that they work for a district that “stands on equity.”

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