A Reaction To Mayor de Blasio’s Equity and Excellence Plan [Math for America]

Jose Vilson Education, Politics

My third essay of the week was published on Math for America’s Teacher Voices blog. I wrote about my time at Math for America’s Fall Function where New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was the keynote. I had a few things to say that was fairly representative of the people in the room:

At the same time, we must recognize the challenges of doing this work from an equity framework. Our best and brightest are working in both elite schools and “low-achieving” schools as well. The latter usually have a majority black and brown student population, and that’s worth acknowledging. We should get beyond conversations of closing the achievement gap and, instead, focus on closing the opportunity gap. These reforms point directly to this gap, and STEM teachers have been a long-neglected part of this equation.

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