Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 8/17/2017 - 6:30 PM
Type: Action
Subject: 2. Action on a Request to Adopt Resolution 1617R-006 by Directors Bonds and Harris to Develop an MPS Equity Policy; to Approve Amendments to Administrative Policy 1.01,Vision, Mission, Core Beliefs, and Goals; and to Approve the Creation of Administrative Policy 1.06, Equity, and of Administrative Procedure 1.06, Efforts to Achieve Equity
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Goal 2
Student, Family and Community Engagement
Goal 3
Effective and Efficient Operations
Policy: Admin Policy 1.01 - Vision, Mission, Core Beliefs, and Goals
File Attachment:
Resolution 1617R-006 by Bonds and Harris to Create an Educational Equity Policy.pdf
Equity Policy & Procedure 1.06.pdf
Background: In October 2016, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors referred Resolution 1617R-006 by Directors Bonds and Harris to the Committee on Legislation, Rules and Policies. The Administration is wholeheartedly in agreement with the intent of the resolution and is recommending its adoption.

Using the resolution 1617R-006 and equity policies from similar school districts, a subgroup of the Equity Commission drafted the district equity policy. Throughout the 2016-2017 school year, the equity policy was vetted with various MPS stakeholders including the District Advisory Council (DAC), the Superintendent's Student Advisory Council, school leaders, the MTEA President, over 200 teachers, senior leadership team members, and community members. The Administration also worked with the Office of the City Attorney on finalizing the proposed policy.

There are multiple components of the equity policy and procedure. First, the policy & procedure establish common definitions for the key terms of equality, equity, equity lens, and culturally responsive practices.

Second, the policy sets guiding principles which highlight the importance of strengths-based mindsets, equitable distribution of support and resources, and the emphasis that all students will learn.

Third, the policy provides specific goals for the district around the areas of reflection, awareness-building, data- and research-based decision making, the incorporation of stakeholder voice, the support of equitable leadership practices, equitable access to high-quality and culturally responsive services and resources, and the recruitment, employment, and support of a diverse workforce.

Fourth, the procedure contains a comprehensive set of implementation points that highlight the requirements for creating and maintaining equity throughout the district. These points include equitably distributing resources based on needs, bolstering equitable access to co-curricular and extra-curricular services, developing and applying best practices for reducing student opportunity gaps, recruiting and retaining a diverse district staff, standardizing data-based decision-making, fostering culturally responsive practices through professional development, and including student, parent, and community voice in district decision-making.
Fiscal Impact Statement: This item does not authorize expenditures.
Implementation and Assessment Plan Implementation/next steps are as follows. The Administration will develop a comprehensive guidance document that will detail the practices necessary for carrying out the policy. The guidance will also detail the monitoring and evaluation that will occur in order to assess equity throughout the district. Stakeholders from all areas of the district will be involved in the creation of this guidance document.
Recommendation: The Administration recommends that the Board:

1. adopt Resolution 1617R-006 by Directors Bonds and Harris to Develop an MPS Equity Policy;

2. approve the amendments to Administrative Policy 1.01, Vision, Mission, Core Beliefs, and Goals; and

3. approve the creation of Administrative Policy 1.06, Equity, and of Administrative Procedure 1.06, Efforts to Achieve Equity.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jacqueline M. Mann, Ph.D. - Board Clerk/Director