GPISD Board Adopts Resolution to Address Racial Equity
The mission of the Grand Prairie ISD Justice, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force is to recognize institutional inequities by identifying racial, gender, religious, age, sexual orientation, class, and disability disparities that exist within the educational organization to eliminate structures and practices that affect the success of all students by establishing just, equitable, and inclusive policies that affirm, respect, and value the diversity of all GPISD stakeholders.
Justice, Equity, and Inclusion Overview
At the June 22, 2020 called meeting of the GPISD Board of Trustees, the Board made a bold statement to address issues of racial equity in our community.
By a unanimous vote, the Board adopted a sweeping resolution that commits the Trustees and the Superintendent of Schools to taking action. The resolution calls for equity and cultural bias training as well as the formation of a Racial Equity Committee comprised of Board-appointed community members and at least two Board members.
“This resolution is about action,” said Board President Aaron King. “Our Board is committed to modeling behaviors and practices that will ensure we’re part of the larger solution for our students, their families, our staff, and community.”
The resolution states the Board stands in solidarity with its students and community to declare that the lives of black students and black people matter. It goes on to clarify that this declaration “does not negate the commitment to serve all students but rather reaffirms the Board’s commitment to addressing the disparities and inequity of different student groups.”
Also noted in the resolution is previous action taken by the Board in December 2019 to approve an African American Studies course to begin in the fall of 2020. Grand Prairie ISD is among the first group of districts in the state to offer this course.
The full text of the resolution may be found below.
For more information, please contact Sam Buchmeyer, GPISD Public Information Officer, at (972) 237- 5380 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.