McEachin Announced Education Task Force Participants and Upcoming Forum

July 18, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announced the 15 education professionals, administrators, parents, attorneys, pediatricians, and child advocates who serve on his community-based Education Task Force. The Congressman convened the task force in April to address documented unfair and unwarranted disparities in student treatment at public schools in the 4th Congressional District.

“The present situation is unacceptable and I am incredibly grateful to those who are volunteering their time and expertise to address the situation,” said Congressman Donald McEachin. “Task force members and I are committed to ensuring all children receive educational opportunity. Special needs students need to receive the services they deserve and have the opportunity to thrive. Additionally, the disparate rates of suspensions of minority and special needs students are unacceptable. No student can learn and have any chance to reach his or her potential if he is wandering the streets during the school day. That is nothing but creating an opportunity for trouble, not success.”

Congressman McEachin’s Education Task Force explores the reported high rates of suspensions for minority and special needs students in the 4th Congressional District and examines whether students with special needs are receiving the services and opportunities to which they are entitled.

The task force will host a “Know Your Rights: Parent Power” Education Forum to educate parents about their rights and to provide them with the knowledge about resources and services that are available within the community.

This initial forum is scheduled for August 12, 2017, at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Richmond from 9:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. The forum will have workshops, a panel discussion and an opportunity for participants to speak with experts and professionals in the field.

In addition, the Congressman wrote the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) to ask for an investigation into these issues within the Congressional District several months ago. Although he has reached out to ask for an update, he has heard nothing from OCR.

A short bio of each task force participant is here.

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