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Duluth Branch NAACP: Education Committee Highlight

11 Apr 2018 9:18 PM | Communications Committee (Administrator)

The Education Committee for Duluth’s Branch of the NAACP has the goal of leading the Association’s work to eliminate the severe racial inequities that continue to plague our education system and ensure that every student of color receives a quality public education that prepares them to be a contributing member of a democracy.

The committee is made up of 10 NAACP members working to give all children in Duluth a fair and equal chance to learn in a safe and supportive environment.

Recently, the committee has been working closely with Duluth’s ISD 709 school district curriculum committee. Curriculum books need to to meet state standards which are not necessarily centered around race, history, or culture. The Curriculum committee, with input from the NAACP, is working on a process that would include creating a new criteria or standards for how books will be selected in the future. To clarify, the Duluth branch of the NAACP did not make the decision to remove any books from the school district’s curriculum. Please review our official statement on this issue.

In regards to the directive by the ISD 709 school board around compensatory education funding, the education team has also been working with the Educational Equity Alliance group (EEA), which also includes members from the Indigenous Commission. The committees have made a collective decision to stand together and hold the school district accountable for how Compensatory Education money is being spent. The committee plans to work with the district on an ongoing basis.

Lastly, the committee, along with involvement from the Chapter President, recently constructed a letter urging local school districts who don’t currently take Martin Luther King Jr. Day off to consider doing so in the coming years. Along with encouraging them to take the day off, the committee also asks for their participation in local events surrounding the holiday.

If you are interested in learning more about the Education Committee feel free to contact education@duluthnaacp.org and or attend a NAACP General Meeting which occurs every third Sunday of the month at 3:30 pm at One Roof Housing.