Carson City School District Superintendent Richard Stokes continued with the discussion about the unequal playing field among schools during last week’s professional learning community discussion May 4 with staff members, guests and families.
Participants who attended previously in February addressed concerns about critical race theory and access to education for students, with some saying the terms “equity” and “equality” are loaded terms but nevertheless different in their meanings.
Stokes said ultimately the goal is to ensure all students who walk through the halls of the district’s facilities have as much access to its access to its curriculum as possible, a goal of its discussion at these PLC meetings as they are held.
“You may have kids who are struggling,” Trustee Laurel Crossman said during the meeting. “They might need more resources, and that’s what we strive to balance and giving them what they need and recognizing the difference… Personally, I don’t have a problem using the word ‘equity.’”
Some of the questions raised from others included why there’s a need to change the district’s strategic plan, which went through the latest refresh as of 2017.
The plan, spokesman Dan Davis said, has been in place since about 2012, with CCSD administrators and staff members examining goals and strategies as needed. With the update in 2017, discussions from the PLC meetings often provide the district with opportunities to head in a new direction, he added.