More than 50 parents, community members and school staff discussed Loudoun’s teacher diversity on Dec. 9.
School administrators, the Minority Student Achievement Council (MSAC), the NAACP and teachers shared their views on how the division can diversify its teaching staff at the Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents’ meeting at LCPS’ administrative offices.
The discussion was organized in response to figures in the school system’s annual report on ethnic make up, gender and education levels of students and teachers.
According to the report, 48 percent of the school division’s student body is non-white and 88 percent of its workforce is white.
“I hear stories of discrimination towards students and teachers across this division,” said Diana Lopez, Spanish teacher at J. L. Simpson Middle School in Leesburg. “With changing demographics in Loudoun, teachers need to be prepared to teach students from various backgrounds.”
Lopez said any efforts to create a more diverse teaching staff must start with “ensuring that LCPS has a reputation for being supportive of minority teachers.”
…Phillip Thompson, president of the Loudoun County chapter of the NAACP, said his organization would like to get funding from corporations in the county to give scholarships to future teachers still in school, with the understanding that they will come back to teach in Loudoun.
“We’ve got huge corporations in this county with lots and lots of money and we’ve got to figure out a way to use that money to recruit quality minority teaching staff,” he said.
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LEESBURG, Va. (April 15, 2015) – The Loudoun County NAACP was not in total shock with the findings of the Minority Student Achievement Committee and the Discipline Committee’s (MSAAC) findings of the achievement gap widening and higher suspension rates among minorities when compared to non-minorities. There are a number of factors that lend it to these numbers, but, in the end, it is the child, the student and ultimately the community that pays the price.
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HISTORY OF THE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT COMMITTEE/
MINORITY STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
1993 — NAACP generated data showed significant disparities between minority and non-minority student achievement in Loudoun County public schools.
1994 – the School Board formed the Student Achievement Committee.
1995 – the Student Achievement Committee issued its report, identifying the following areas of concern:
- Test score differences
- SAT participation
- Parental involvement
- Cultural diversity in instructional materials
- Ability grouping
- Teacher and staff expectations of and respect for students
- Understanding cultural differences
- Minority hiring
Continue reading History of SAC and MSAAC
Edver Bourne, Education Committee
The Minority Student Achievement Advisory Committee is in a position to step up our partnership with Loudoun County Public Schools and help eliminate the Achievement Gap. The past school year (2007-8) has been a test in our relationship and although all parties involved have had their feelings hurt and their intentions challenged at times, the fact remains that there is still a sizeable disparity between the S.A.T. scores, S.O.L. scores, Suspension and Expulsion Rates, Graduation Rates, and the Staffing and Retention Rates of minorities within this school district.
MSAAC and its Steering Committee in 2007-8, although admittedly small in its parent participation, had a very involved core group of individuals who affected positive change. Steering Committee members, LCPS Administrators, the NAACP, Parents, School Board and Community Members achieved the following in 2007-8:
Continue reading Annual Report on Loudoun County Public Schools, 2007-8