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Superior schools aim focus on racial equity in district

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SUPERIOR, WI-- As many honored the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, the Superior School District is continuing his work with the help of a new Racial Educational Equity statement.

"We really want to make sure all of our kids have all opportunities and all have the potential to college and career ready," said District Administrator Amy Starzecki.

For several years the district has worked on a strategic plan setting new goals and missions for students and families. But, the death of George Floyd put racial equity as a top priority.

In the fall a leadership team made up of teachers, parents, administrators, and community members looked at the district's data to see how certain groups of students were performing when it came to attendance, discipline, and overall achievement.

Starzecki added, "Looking at different groups of students and who's achieving and who's not achieving. We look at discipline rates and are certain students disciplined more than others."

The district noticed students of African American and Native American heritage were falling behind their white peers.
Starzecki says the group is looking at ways the district can better improve on serving students and families.

"Part of it will be how do we do a better job of making sure students and families have a voice and that we listen to that feedback and then we adjust to that feedback," added Starzecki.

As a mom and educator, she says change starts with our kids and school is where they can make it happen.

She said, "I really believe that our school systems play a key role in the development of our kid, and how do we address these really difficult topics in a way that everyone feels supported."

The School Board officially adopted the statement at last week's board meeting.

Emma Quinn

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