As many of you are likely aware by now, I will be serving out the remainder of my elected term as the District 2 representative on the Board of Education. The appointment process for the District 2 seat garnered a great deal of interest and activism from the community. I hope and pray that the issue of closing the indisputable achievement gap between black and white students in our school system will galvanize this community with the same fervor as the issue of a replacement for me has over the past several months.

I want to be clear that I am not completely satisfied with any of our subgroups’ progress and it is imperative that we find a way to improve at every level. This notwithstanding, minimizing the glaring disparity between the performance of Black students to White students must be a priority for us as a district and a community in order to fulfill our responsibility to the children and to improve our standing in the rankings.

Undoubtedly, a factor at play includes what is happening at the school level and there is commitment to identify and eliminate any and all barriers but the root of the cause of this disparity does not exclude what is happening at home and in the community. Will you please help us – whether it be with one child or many – with what is happening at home and in the community that may be hindering our children’s academic development?

Teresa DeLoatch Bryant

District 2

Board of Education

Note: Thank you for bringing this concern to the forefront. I am having flashbacks because I remember serving on the Closing the Achievement Gap Committee over the years but I was not invited and/or informed of meetings thereafter. However I have not heard anything about Closing the Achievement Gap for the past several years. I used to hear about it on the state level but I haven’t heard anything in the past several years either.

I too feel you on your concerns of other subgroups as well as I used to see the reports but I can’t remember the last time I have seen them. One subgroup I always here about is Free and Reduced Lunch. Oh well.

I used to get appointed to committees over the years but I guess some of the board members along with Diane LeFiles made sure that I was not on the committees because they didn’t want to have to deal with this Negro. I am not your average Negro and although I have no college degree, I have been blessed with dealing with this school board and the Edgecombe County Public Schools System as whole when it comes to issues at G. W. Carver Elementary, South Edgecombe Middle and SouthWest Edgecombe but not limited to. The minutes and my record speaks for itself.

Again thank you and I look forward to the response to dealing with Closing the Achievement Gap. Curmilus Dancy II – DCN Publisher

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