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.

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As we reflected on the significant disruptions that COVID-19 has brought to our schools and our community, we decided to focus this year's report on core inequities that

have long existed in our schools and are being exacerbated by the pandemic.

Read Our Past Equity Reports:


BUDGET Proposals

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"

Read Our Past Responses:


Other Policy Initiatives

The Educational Policy Committee responds to policy decisions as needed to advocate for equity in WJCC.

In 2017, the WJCC School Board initiated the process of redistricting, or redrawing the boundaries for school attendance zones to determine which students go to which school. The Village identified this process as one that could potentially lead to positive changes toward better diversity and equity in WJCC schools.
Our message was clear:
"Each school should reflect the diversity of our community as a whole to create greater equity, reduce prejudice, and ensure the success of ALL of our students."