Our View: Barriers being overcome to engage parents in school equity discussion

As Rochester Public Schools continue to address equity concerns in the district, barriers are being tackled.

On Tuesday, the district hopes to help parents of diverse backgrounds understand how school culture can create obstacles to equity and how families can help overcome barriers for students.

Renowned educational consultants Anthony Muhammad and Luis Cruz have been enlisted to discuss equity and family engagement, starting at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday in the Mayo High School auditorium.

However, simply hiring consultants and opening the doors won't bring change. To encourage parents to help break down obstacles for their children, family barriers also must be removed.

Thankfully, the district is helping in that regard. "We're really trying to break down barriers for our families," RPS Assistant Superintendent Brenda Lewis said.


To ensure the widest reach possible, the district will serve a free meal at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday in the school's cafeteria. Child care is available to ensure parents can attend, and transportation is being provided to eliminate another obstacle. (Call 328-4300 to arrange a ride.)

Lewis said staff has been scouring the community to reach as many parents as possible, with the hopes that hundreds will take the opportunity to see how barriers can be overcome.

We'd love to see the auditorium's 620 seats filled.

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