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As Lynchburg City Schools continues to make equity a priority within the division, Superintendent Crystal Edwards Wednesday directed members of a volunteer task force focused on equity issues to target three subgroup topics over the course of the year to help suggest concrete steps for addressing the disparities.
The equity task force is an advisory committee to the Lynchburg City School Board that has about 20 members and meets four times per year. The goal of the task force, which was created in 2015, is to help with the evaluation of equitable practices within the division.
At Wednesday’s meeting, which was the second since new members joined the group late last year, Edwards said her concern with the task force is “we cannot be an inequitable Equity Task Force and only deal with one issue of equity. We have to deal with all issues of equity,” such as achievement gaps, suspension rates and multiculturalism.