District 97 to involve community in draft equity policy


The District 97 Board of Education’s Committee for Community Engagement (CCE) is creating a policy that will give Oak Park residents the opportunity to take part in a dialogue about the district’s draft equity policy.

“While the CCE is still working on the specifics of this plan, it will feature a variety of ways in which people can voice their thoughts and opinions on this critical issue over a three-month period (April through June),” said Senior Director of Communication Chris Jasculca.

The draft equity policy is largely being done to help eliminate racial and socioeconomic biases as factors prohibiting students from achieving academic success. By including Oak Park residents in the policy, school officials hope to hear direct from community members who can speak about personal experiences with District 97 schools.

According to a news release from District 97, enagaging with community members about the policy will be done for three reasons:

  • To educate the residents of Oak Park about why the district is pursuing an equity policy, and what it hopes to accomplish through its creation and implementation.
  • Answer questions about the policy (purpose, goals, etc.).
  • Get feedback about how best to ensure that the policy accurately reflects and effectively addresses the needs of all children.

“Additional information about the plan and how people can get involved in the process will be shared with the community later this month,” said Jasculca.

According to the news release, the CCE is interested in making sure that everyone in the community has an equal and equitable chance to take part in this process. If you have questions or need more information about how you can get involved, contact Lou Anne Johannesson at equity@op97.org.

There are currently over 6,000 students enrolled within District 97 schools. According to the website, District 97 focuses on creating a positive learning environment for all students that is equitable, inclusive and focused on the whole child.


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