By: Diane Benjamin
More on this story: https://blnnews.com/2021/11/26/unit-5s-equity-audit-waste/
As reported, the Urbana School District has and Equity Task Force. That group recommended hiring Systemic Educational Equity LLC. The two people pushing for that hire were Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Ivory-Tatum and their very first director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
The Urbana DEI director is none other than Unit 5’s ex Assistant principal at Normal West: Dr. Brandon Caffey. https://usd116.org/director-of-dei/ He was hired in August 2021.
I’ve written about him before: https://blnnews.com/2021/01/23/normal-west-what-ive-been-told/
Once the Task Force made their recommendation the debate started.
Dr. Caffey has not moved to Urbana. During the November School Board meeting, he attended via Zoom. Public Comment brought up Dr. Dubiel, Caffey responded. Dr. Dubiel also appears.
Since Urbana removed hiring Dubiel’s company for an “Equity Audit”, they have a list of other firms to choose from. Unfortunately, they are all of the same ilk. DEI doesn’t address the real problems because they are harder to fix: income disparities, lack of family support, low quality curriculum and instructional material/methods, community issues, etc.
Real “Equity” doesn’t need a study. If kids unable to read and write graduate, the school failed them.
Just hit play to hear Dr. Caffey: