A new Tri-District Equity Committee established by the three public school districts in Oak Park and River Forest is coming into being. The new body is a gesture of unity and a signal that the districts are committed to seriously confronting the race-laden academic opportunity gap between students.

After a May 1 town hall meeting in River Forest that included members of Districts 90, 97 and 200, each of the three boards approved a motion to designate one of their members to sit on a joint board committee “to work on collaborating and articulating our joint efforts,” according to the motion.

In Oak Park, D97 board member Katherine Murray-Liebl and D200 board member Sara Dixon-Spivy were selected to sit on the new committee. The River Forest District 90 school board named board president Ralph Martire as its tri-district member.

— Michael Romain 

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