Working Definition of Equity
Brenda Comstock
Monday, April 30, 2018

At a previous MRUSD Board meeting the Board of Directors adopted the Working Definition of Equity as developed at the VSBA/VSA Retreat.

Working Definition of Educational Equity

Educational equity means that each student receives the resources and educational opportunities they need to learn and thrive.

Equity means that a student’s success is not predicted nor predetermined by characteristics such as race, ethnicity, religion, family economics, class, geography, disability, language, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or initial proficiencies.

Equity means that every school provides high quality curriculum, programs, teachers and administrators, extracurricular activities and support services.

Equity goes beyond formal equality where all students are treated the same. Achieving equity may require an unequal distribution of resources and services.

Equity involves disrupting inequitable practices, acknowledging biases, employing practices that reflect the reality that all students will learn, and creating inclusive multicultural school environments for adults and children.