In a thoughtful One View in today’s Viewpoints section, the Committee for Excellence & Equity in Education offers both its concerns and frustration over what it sees as a flawed and inadequate racial equity assessment (REA) of Oak Park and River Forest High School’s Project 2 capital project, as well as a valuable historical perspective tracing the hits and misses of this village’s efforts toward integration and now equity over five decades.

The piece offers both justified criticism of the just completed REA process and some grace for those involved at OPRF with the expectation its efforts will get stronger and more genuine going forward. 

“What we must guard against is a situation where white-dominant institutions like OPRF and the larger community become complacent – for that likely means racial equity is being ignored,” members of the group wrote in their essay.

Wise words.

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