Education Equity Excellence Committee

 

One of the terms in the Consent Decree Settlement Agreement between the Champaign CUSD #4 Board of Education and the Plaintiff’s required the District to create an Education Equity Excellence Committee.  Specifically the Agreement language states:

The Board shall adopt and implement an equity policy establishing an Education Equity Excellence Committee (“EEE”). The EEE shall be comprised of District staff and a diverse cross section of the community and facilitated by a third party familiar with community and District issues for at least one year. The purpose of EEE is to review and discuss the following equity areas, including data disaggregated by race/ethnicity and SES: academic progress of regular education, special education, gifted, AP/Honors, Novak Academy and alternative students; attendance rates; discipline rates and graduation rates. The EEE shall establish task forces on the equity areas as deemed necessary. The Superintendent shall provide a public report each semester on these equity areas to the EEE.

Committee Membership

As outlined in the Administrative Regulations created to address the formation of the EEE, the committee membership shall be as follows:

The Committee shall be comprised of District representatives, Union representatives and a diverse cross-section of the community that reflects the District’s student enrollment.  Membership shall include: 

  • One member of the Board of Education and an alternate
  • The Superintendent and two other central office administrators
  • One principal and an alternate
  • A CFT representative with an alternate named by CFT
  • At least 5 (no more than 10) members of the community

Community members may include parents of current District students, representatives of community organizations that address equity or education issues, or individuals who will assist the district in achieving the committee’s purposes.  Members should have their primary residence within the School District.  

Current Initiatives

  • Creating Parent Need Surveys
  • SPED Timelines with Dr. deGruy
  • Recommending/Defining Parent Liaisons
  • Prompting Parent Apps for Information (In Progress)
  • 4th Grade Portfolio Project (continuation)
  • Bookshelves for Daycares (In Progress)
  • Community Reading/Literacy Awareness (In Progress)
  • And More

Past Initiatives

  • Kindergarten Readiness Materials
  • Middle School Transition Materials
  • Student Voice Initiatives with Secondary Schools
  • U of I College Career Fair
  • Parent Timelines
  • 3rd Grade Portfolio Project
  • Summer Readings
  • Helped select K-readiness materials in conjunction with Dr. Susan Zola and Altrusa
  • Helped select Middle School Transition materials
  • Prompted the re-entry of U of I Career Fair in conjunction with Marc Chagnon
  • Prompted student voice initiatives K-12
  • Facilitates 3rd Grade Mailings of Reading & Math Magazines
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