For every child in Florida’s public schools to receive the opportunities and resources needed to reach his or her learning potential, policymakers must make education equity their central focus. Historic disparities in education and discipline are rooted in policy subservient to an electorate that has not been accountable for and is not representative of the children who most need our help.
Black, Hispanic, indigenous people/Native Americans, English language learners, and differently-abled students have not had access to the same learning opportunities as their peers. As our state’s population continues to diversify, addressing inequity in education is fundamental for Florida’s economy to provide a competitive and productive 21st century society.
Real education equity expands resources to our children with the most needs and prioritizes classroom learning. After two years of conversation with stakeholders and researchers, four key values, with specific policy recommendations, have emerged as the most promising equity solutions: