Action4Equity STATEMENTS AND PRESS RELEASES
"Our children deserve to be educated in a school district that is equitable and where decisions are made with community input in mind. Unfortunately, with the filing of HB 518 and HB 490, our state representatives are putting partisan politics over the education of our children and the needs of our community.... Both HB 518 and HB 490 are part of a continuing effort to undermine the democratic process in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County for partisan gain. The WS/FCS Board of Education is the elected body charged with ensuring all children in the district receive an excellent and equitable education."
"Action4Equity highly recommends the search for a new superintendent of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools include specific experience, knowledge, and abilities. A focus on equity and the voice of the community are crucial parts of this process."
"The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights ("OCR") has officially opened an investigation into the complaint that the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (“WSFCS” or “District”) discriminated against students at Ashley Academy (“Ashley”) on the bases of race and national origin."
Goals and Recommendations to the School Board, December 2018
"Action4Equity seeks to advocate for equity for students in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in academic achievement, access to high quality instruction, and safe and healthy school environments. We believe that these goals will help build a more effective and stronger community in Forsyth County, NC."
Action4Ashley Coalition Files Federal Civil Rights Complaint, August 14, 2018
"The Action4Ashley Coalition - a group of concerned citizens and advocacy organizations seeking justice for the students, teachers, and staff of Ashley Elementary - filed a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights today. The complaint cites the failure of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education and School System (WSFCS) to address the long-term and persistent complaints from parents and school staff about mold, water leaks, excessive moisture, and poor air-quality at Ashley Academy, which serves predominantly students of color. The conditions are impacting the health, safety, and education of students and teachers."
IN THE NEWS
ONGOING ADVOCACY IN THE NEWS
A new Ashley Elementary? Long road ahead for school plan - Winston-Salem Journal, October 18, 2019
City council considering property sale for new Ashley Elementary - Triad City Beat, October 14, 2019
Push for new Ashley school takes big step forward. City panel recommends sale of land to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools - Winston-Salem Journal, October 14, 2019
The search continues for a potential site for a new Ashley Academy - Winston-Salem Journal, September 26, 2019
Multicultural advocacy group targets equity in WSFCS - WXII12, May 21, 2019
School choice and equity are focus of new committees for Winston-Salem/Forsyth system - Winston-Salem Journal, March 4, 2019
New boards of education highlight issues of racism in Winston-Salem and Greensboro - Triad City Beat, December 19, 2018
Press Release: Advocating For A More Equitable School System - December 13, 2018
FEDERAL DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT IN THE NEWS
U.S. Department of Education opens claim against WS/FCS, The Chronicle, January 10, 2019
Federal Agency Investigates Discrimination Complaint At Local School - WFDD, January 8, 2019
Racial discrimination complaint regarding Ashley Academy prompts investigation - Winston-Salem Journal, January 4, 2019
WSFCS under investigation by US Dept. of Ed - Triad City Beat, January 4, 2019
Emails show teachers’ concerns with air quality at Ashley Academy over the course of the last school year - Winston-Salem Journal, October 13, 2018
#Action4Ashley, The Justice League Conversations, August 22, 2018
Some local parents working to transfer children out of school after mold found inside - WXII, August 16, 2018
Racial bias toward students alleged in complaint against schools in Winston-Salem, Forsyth; coalition demands new Ashley Academy - Winston-Salem Journal, August 14, 2018
Lawsuit Accuses North Carolina School System of Neglect - U.S. News and World Report, August 14, 2018
Civil rights complaint over school conditions - Spectrum News, August 14, 2018
Federal complaint filed against Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools for racial discrimination - WXII, August 14, 2018
Mid-Term Election School Board Candidate Questionnaire
Action4Equity Asks Candidates about Equity
Earlier this fall, Action4Equity sent a questionnaire to each WSFCS School Board candidate. We received responses from the following candidates:
Lori G. Clark
Dana C. Jones
We encourage you to read the responses from each candidate by clicking here.
We are reaching out to candidates (both incumbents and challengers) for the Forsyth County School Board in an effort to better understand your commitments on issues pertaining to educational equity for our children. To that end, we are asking you to share your views on the following questions:
Strategies for Improving Student Performance in Low Performing Schools
Would you support shifting personnel in order to ensure academic achievement for students in low performing schools? Why or why not?
Equity in Resource Distribution
Do you support the building of a new school for Ashley? If so, when? If not, why not?
Do you believe that past decisions about the building of new schools, stadiums, and athletic centers have been made in the spirit of equity and fairness to all of the communities served by the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools?