CHCCS Board of Education Gets Update on ‘Equal Opportunity’ Initiative

By Danny Hooley Posted April 30, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Teachers, administrators, counselors, and other student advisers in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools system are ready to recruit more low-income and non-white students to enroll in AP courses over the next five months.

The Board of Education will be updated about the findings and progress of that three-part initiative at Thursday night’s meeting.

Back in May 2013, the school system teamed up with Equal Opportunity Schools, a Seattle-based non-profit organization dedicated to helping schools identify minority students that are not enrolled in the best academic programs, despite being capable of doing very well in them.

East Chapel Hill High School and Carrboro High School have completed two phases of a three-phase process to close that gap. Phase one was a study of the problem, and phase two was to educate school leaders about the size of the problem, and its causes.

In phase three, the plan will be implemented.

The measure of the program’s success by fall 2014 will determine whether the two schools receive full payment of Google Grant funds of up to $13,546 for Carrboro High: and up to $16,425 for East Chapel Hill High.

Thursday night’s meeting of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education is at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Center, located at 750 South Merritt Mill Road in Chapel Hill.

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