A Collective Voice
In support of a better Utah.
Equity, academic achievement,excellence are the words that arise in any discussion about positive changes needed in education for Black students in Utah. The issues varybased not on public/charter/private schools, but on levels of education. Therefore, concernsexistrelated to Pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade and a separate set of concerns for postsecondary/higher education institutions.Issue:The quality of education, Pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade,received by Black students in Utah lagssignificantly behind that ofreceived by White studentsas indicated by completion rates
Systemic changes must be made in the way we teach our youth.
Develop and implement written plans, with yearly measurable goals, to close theachievement gap.
Increase the number of administrators and teachers of color.Eliminate the disparity in disciplinary actions against students of color.
Eliminate the push-out/dropout rate.
Create Afro-centric charter and private schools.
Train teachers inculturally relevant strategies.
Aggressively recruit and hire more Black teachers and administrators.
Decrease the number of disciplinary actions against Black studentsthrough reeducation of educatorsin how to work with a diverse student population.
Offer accelerated remedial learning opportunities for those students who are academically behind.
Work aggressively to reduce the absentee rate in low-incomecommunities.
Define and implement solutions toward keeping Black students in school.