Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Equity Policy (2260.40)

The Board of Education in Akron Public Schools is committed to preparing each child for success. We believe that every student, parent/guardian and staff member brings their own personal backgrounds and experiences into our schools; and we are richer for it. Each of them has a legitimate expectation to have a barrier-free learning environment counteracting the contemporary and historical impact of bias, prejudice and discrimination which for generations has produced a predictability of learning outcomes based on race, ethnicity, class, socioeconomics, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, diverse language fluency, religion and cognitive/physical ability.

The Board believes that the responsibility for student success is broadly shared by district staff, families, our community and our students' own efforts. It is the obligation of the district to embrace the diversity within our district while actively eliminating practices that perpetuate the disparities among our students so that all students have the opportunity to benefit equally.

What is a barrier-free learning environment?
  • Access based on individual needs
  • Access to learning that meets individual student needs (including learning disabilities, illness/physical limitations, cultural and language difficulties)
  • Providing the necessary guidance and supports -- across all the many unique and different ways people come to the table
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