The Board of Education of Frederick County seeks representatives to serve on its newly forming Racial Equity Committee. The committee’s charge is to make recommendations to the Board that are focused on identifying discrimination or harassment, raising awareness of implicit bias, and eliminating or mitigating racial inequity or its effects across the school system. The committee’s task is to be specifically attuned to early childhood education, school data from elementary, middle and high schools, suspension and discipline data, extracurricular activities, gifted and talented or highly-able learner programs, culturally sensitive and inclusive curriculum and instruction, special education, English learners, hiring, recruitment and retention, and staff professional development.
In accordance with Board Policy 101 and FCPS Regulation 100-09, the Board will appoint up to 15 members from a variety of social, service, and faith-based advocacy organizations including regional representation from students and/or parents/guardians, with an emphasis on diversity to include people of color. The Board may select representation from groups such as students who receive Special Education services, students eligible for free or reduced-price meals, and English learners.
The Board will also appoint three school-based staff representatives. Additionally, to serve in an advisory and support role to the committee, the Superintendent will select three senior staff members whose primary responsibility directly relates to equity and eliminating the achievement gap.
Applications are accepted through Monday, September 9, 2019. The Board will approve and appoint members to the Racial Equity Committee at its regular meeting on Wednesday, September 25. Information about how to apply is online at www.fcps.org/committees.
For additional information, please contact BOE Executive Assistant Lisa Fowler, 301-696-6917, Lisa.Fowler@fcps.org.