||October 4, 2013
||Bonnie Hughes, Communications Officer, 509-865-8588 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Heritage University to host Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and
Accountability Committee public forum October 15
Toppenish, WA — The Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee (EOGOAC) was created by the 2009 legislature to focus on closing the student achievement gap in Washington State. The Center for a New Washington (CNW) at Heritage University will host a community forum presented by the EOGOAC. “The educational opportunity gap continues to be a significant issue in Washington State” said Kay Bassett, director of CNW. “This forum will provide an opportunity for meaningful dialogue and solution-based outcomes.”
The committee, co-chaired by state Rep. Sharon Tomiko Scents, Sen. Steve Litzow and Commissioner Lillian Ortiz-Self, is hosting community forums across the state. In a written statement Rep. Scents stated, “The community forum hosted at Heritage University by the Washington State Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee offers an important and direct pathway of communication to legislators and community representatives about how to close the opportunity gap."
EOGOAC has six priorities: Decrease the disproportionate representation of students of color in disciplinary actions in schools; enhance the cultural competence of current and future educators; provide English Language Learner/Second Language Acquisition endorsement for all educators; create new English Language Learner Accountability Benchmarks; provide tools for deeper data analysis and disaggregation of student demographics to inform instructional strategies to close the opportunity gap; invest in the recruitment and retention of educators of color.
The forum will be held on October 15, 2013, 3:00PM- 5:00PM at the Heritage University main campus, 3240 Fort Road, Toppenish. In attendance will be the members of the committee, which represent the Legislature, the Commission on Hispanic American Affairs, Commission on African American Affairs, Commission on Asian and Pacific American Affairs and the Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs. All interested parties are invited to attend and share their thoughts and ideas with the committee. For more information about the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee, please visit http://www.k12.wa.us/AchievementGap/default.aspx.