Equity Task Force

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  • Achieving Equity in School Discipline

    • Restorative Justice Practices Training for all staff and implementation plans for students schoolwide  
    • Rewriting of the Student Code of Conduct -focused on Equity and the use of Restorative Practices-  to be completed by the Spring of 2019 
    • Criminal Court Diversion Plans
      • Misdemeanor Diversion Plan
      • Teen Court
      • Youth Planning Conferences partnered with the Juvenile Court Liaison
      • Truancy Court
    • Child Planning Conferences
      • DSS
      • Students and Family
    • School Resource Officer Agreement

    Community Partnerships

    • Equity Task Force Team includes community leaders,parents, and School system staff to advise the school system on equity-related issues, concerns, and initiatives
    • EL Futuro: provides specializes in providing bilingual mental health services to Latino immigrant families.
    • Renaissance Wellness Services: school-based mental health services for children in Orange County Schools
    • Insight Human Services: provides outpatient services to teens and adolescents related to substance misuse; to include, drugs or alcohol.  Intervention programs include but not limited to drug education and recidivism reduction services.
    • Boomerang: a structured day program that provides an alternative to short term out of school suspensions.
    • Orange Congregations in Mission (OCIM): a private, non-profit ministry that provides samaritain relief to families in Orange County
    • PORCH Hillsborough: is a  hunger relief organization that helps families who are faced with food insecurities through donations and food collections. Two specific programs: Food for Schools program provides nutritious snacks to each of the 13 Orange County Schools and Food for Families program that delivers fresh produce to needy families
    • Weaver Street Roundups: proceeds go towards providing produce and staples to families in Orange County Schools who face food insecurities. In addition to providing healthy food to assist families during winter, spring and summer breaks.
    • Department of Juvenile Justice: provides intake and supervision for undisciplined, at-risk and delinquent youth. Youth often receive diversion plans  and community service in lieu of formal court intervention.
    • Dispute Settlement Center: community resource that provides mediation, conflict resolution and offers restorative justice program
    • Department of Social Services: provides protection to vulnerable children who may experience abuse, neglect or dependency and support to low income individuals
    • Orange Partnership for Drug and Alcohol Free Youth
    • Adolescent Parenting Program program designed for teens under the age of 19 who are pregnant and or parenting, who want support achieving goals such as graduating high school and attending college. Students build strong foundations to support them to become
    • Movement of Youth Mentoring Program: provides college aged mentors that work with students around being drug and alcohol free, graduating High School and attending College. Youth often receive time to work with mentors, college application support and college visits.
    • Orange County Health Department provide support students around dental hygiene and smoking cessation programs in lieu of short term suspension for first time offenses.

    Equity Task Force

    Orange County Schools has created the Equity Task Force to address race and educational equity practices in our schools.  The task force is a commitment to transforming our current practices at the district and school level.  The task force will provide direction and support to the Superintendent and his Senior Staff to ensure equity and excellence in each of our schools through the implementation of research-based strategies, with the goal of ensuring academic success and the social and emotional development of each child in Orange County Schools. 

    To ensure that diverse and multiple perspectives are represented on the task force, the group will include representation of:

    • Families
    • Community members
    • Higher Education
    • Students
    • Teachers
    • School Administrators
    • District Administrators

    Based on feedback we have received from our community and an internal analysis, we have developed the following goals and purpose for the task force.


    • Engage diverse voices committed to equity in Orange County Schools and community,
    • Analyze the current system and its practices and identify disparate outcomes in education and in all aspects of its administration,
    • Collaborate with district leaders to develop recommendations and a plan of action to be presented to the Board of Education that will include policy, procedures, and school support recommendations,
    • Remain engaged with Orange County Schools to ensure effective implementation of the agreed upon plan of action, as appropriate.


    • Collaborate with the Superintendent to make recommendations to the Board of Education to strengthen district policies and procedures related to equity practices and systems;
    • Monitor progress and outcomes of recommendations implemented; and,
    • Serve as a liaison to the public, communicating the committee’s recommendations and progress.

    Task Force Members

    The selection of the members of the Equity Task Force members was done by the Superintendent.  Careful consideration was given to ensure that diverse and multiple perspectives are represented on the task force. 

    • Grace Barger - Student
    • Jean Bolduc - Freelance Journalist, Community Member
    • Nedra Bradsher - Parent
    • Kiley Brown - Executive Director - Curriculum
    • Teresa Bunner - Parent, Community Member
    • Charlene Campbell - Parent, Community Member
    • Sherita Cobb - Director of Student Support
    • Patricia Coleman - Support Staff
    • Bryant Colson - County Government, Parent
    • Emily Elstad - Parent, Hate Free Schools Coalition
    • Dr. Jocelyn Glazier - UNC Associate Professor
    • Intisar Hamidullah - Assistant Principal
    • Raul Herrera - Past PTA President, Business Community
    • Maggie Holly - Teacher
    • Jason Johnson - Executive Director of Schools
    • Victoria Mattison - Retired Educator
    • Elvira Mebane - Parent, Vice President of the Northern Orange NAACP
    • Kelly Monroe-Porco - Teacher
    • Phyllis Portie-Ascott - Parent, Business Owner
    • Dr. Kay Singer - Former Board of Education Member
    • Latarndra Strong - Parent, Hate Free Schools Coalition
    • Shaniece Thorpe - Student
    • Michele Woodson - Chief Academic Officer
    • Dr. Todd Wirt - Superintendent 


    The Equity Task Force met on May 3, 2017 at 6-8pm at Efland-Cheeks Global Elementary.

Our Results

  • Suspension Data

    2013-14 to 2017-18


    % Decrease/Increase


    20.78% decrease

    African-American students

    31.75% decrease

    Hispanic students

    45.45% increase

    Students with disabilities

    12.90% decrease

    Four-Year Graduation Rate

    Students graduating within four years during the 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18 school years.

    All Students

    3.3 percentage point increase

    African-American students

    -0.3 percentage point decrease

    Hispanic students

    3.1 percentage point increase

    Students with disabilities

    -0.7 percentage point decrease

    Source: Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate, NCDPI

    Performance Above Grade Level

    Students scoring 4 or 5 on End-of-Course and End-of-Grade tests in 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16, 2016-1, and 2017-18.

    All Students

    2.8  percentage point increase

    African-American students

    5.3  percentage point increase

    Hispanic students

    2.2  percentage point increase

    Students with disabilities

    2.7  percentage point increase

    Source: EOC and EOG Achievement Level Report, NCDPI