At the Annual Meeting on April 24, 2021, our membership approved the Equity in Education Position, and decided to conduct an additional study to address follow-on questions and issues. 

Dear LWVHC members,
At our February Unit Meeting, membership came to a consensus to update our education policy to
include language about equity in education. At our annual meeting, we will be voting to adopt our
updated position.
The Board approved a second study on equity in education, which will also be presented for a vote
at the annual meeting. You can read the proposal below the new education position text.
The LWVHC Board
Proposed Update to Education Position:
This proposal adds a tenth article to our position.

10. Equity in education (2021)
a. Equity requires that we provide each student with the resources, support, and instruction
necessary to achieve academic success. Schools with disproportionate numbers of students with
special needs [including English as a Second Language (ESL) and Free and Reduced Meals
(FARM)] require more support than schools that are less challenged.
b. Equity is achieved through:
i. Balanced school redistricting. Balanced school redistricting is
defined as: (1) capacity utilization, (2) community continuity, (3) factors related to social-economic
ii. Allocation of resources such as communication systems,
technology, maintenance and capital improvements, and even playground equipment based on the
need of each school.
iii. How experienced the staff, administrators & support staff are.
iv. Transparent and comprehensive data collection related to factors
affecting equity that allows citizens to understand how equity goals are achieved.
v. Expanded multi-cultural course offerings and consistent advanced
placement offerings among all schools.
New Education Study Proposal

Working Title: Equity in Education, Expanded Study
The purpose of the study is to expand LWVHC positions that specifically address equity in
education. Potential areas of study include:
· faculty diversity,
· school discipline,
· curriculum diversity beyond Euro-centric studies,
· equity in funding for building maintenance and construction.
Possible additional areas of study include:
· mental health support, specifically suicide prevention,
· equity issues related to the use of and access to technology.

Laura Mettle


I grew up in Maryland, and have lived in Howard County since 1985, raising a family and working as a teacher for Howard County Public Schools.