James F. Lawrence: Board adopted equity plan without sufficient buy-in – Opinion – Gainesville Sun


I’ve just finished reading “Uncensored,” the memoirs of a 21-year-old African-American with a troubled upbringing who overcame his circumstances with a first-class education. As I flipped through the pages of Zachary R. Wood’s compelling story, I couldn’t help but think of the importance of the new equity plan for Alachua County Public Schools and how the School Board acted prematurely in adopting it without sufficient community buy-in.

Because the plan is meant to strategically close the huge achievement gap between black and white students in the county, it ought to have been a board priority to gain strong support from the African-American community. After all, it’s black students who are struggling.

Yet with insufficient public notice, the board adopted the plan earlier…

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