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Forum in Dorchester to address 'achievement gap' in Boston schools

Posted by Patrick Rosso  June 18, 2012 03:47 PM

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The Boston City Council’s Committee on Education will hold a hearing Tuesday to gather feedback from the community about the Boston Public School system’s plan to close the achievement gap in the city’s schools.

The hearing will be at the Grove Hall Community Center from 6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m. Tuesday, July 19, and is sponsored by District 7 City Councilor Tito Jackson.

“This hearing is a forum for parents, administrators, students and teachers to advocate for further progress in alleviating the achievement gap,” said Jackson in a statement. “We are going to focus on the progress that has been made and then look at what still needs to be addressed when we’re talking about Boston’s future leaders.”

BPS has devised a plan to close the achievement gap, a persistent problem that affects a broad swath of Boston's students and limits their education, through specific goals.

The goals, according to the BPS’ Eliminating the Achievement Gap Policy Statement, vary from how to change students views of proficiency, creating quality facilities and learning-environments across the district, to how to use culturally relevant strategies to engage parents and the community.

Tuesday’s forum will be a chance for the city to gather important information about how residents feel the BPS plan could work for them and to answer questions about the plan.

The Grove Hall Community Center is located at 51 Geneva Ave. in Dorchester.

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