Policy & Advocacy
The Village Initiative’s Educational Policy Committee monitors local decision-making by the WJCC School Board, JCC Board of Supervisors, and Williamsburg City Council and advocates for equity-based policies, with major advocacy initiatives in the fall and spring.
Each fall, the Educational Policy Committee produces its Annual Equity Report, highlighting racial disparities in test scores and rates of suspensions/expulsions in all 15 schools in the WJCC Division based on data from the Virginia Department of Education.
THE 2019 Equity Report Revealed:
• Persistent opportunity gaps between white and minority students, regardless of subject area or the school itself.
• A troubling racial discipline gap in short and long-term suspensions, which creates a pipeline to prison.
Each spring, the Educational Policy Committee participates in the School Division's budget process to advocate for equity-driven priorities and investments.
The Superintendent's FY2020 Budget Proposal Took some important steps in the right direction, but the budget gAVE
"Little attention to opportunity gaps by race and socioeconomic status"
Other Policy Initiatives
The Educational Policy Committee responds to policy decisions as needed to advocate for equity in WJCC.