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The state has mandated “equity councils” as part of an effort to address a landmark court ruling that said the state violated some students’ constitutional right to a sufficient education. But school leaders are questioning whether they will be effective and voice concern about a new task they say will fall on overloaded staff.
The state Public Education Department is requiring charter schools and districts to create the councils as part of a four-part response plan to what’s known as the Yazzie-Martinez case. A judge found in 2018 that students considered “at risk” – English language learners, Native American students, students with disabilities and students from low-income families – weren’t getting appropriate schooling. Plaintiffs continue to argue that lawmakers and the state still haven’t done enough to remedy the findings.
PED Deputy Secretary Kara Bobroff described the councils as “a way for communities to engage in the process of thinking of culturally and linguistically responsive education.”