The major issue before the Worcester Public Schools (WPS) is race and demographics; meaning how is the WPS going to ensure students of color, as well as white students, receive a first-class education? A subset question: Is WPS doing all that it can to provide an excellent education inclusive of all students in a diverse and equitable manner?
How race impacts education is a significant issue both for the WPS and in America. The recent debate in Worcester over the school suspension rate and absenteeism for Latin students and other students of color has taken prominence. Our local failure to provide health literacy in the form of sex education symbolizes, for many, the dominant culture’s priorities within the school system.
Within Worcester, there are differing