Massachusetts Education Equity and Excellence Summit held in Springfield

Hampden County

State and local educational leaders revealed new data Thursday on the education of western Massachusetts students.  The new data has the Urban League of Springfield concerned about the education of low-income students and students of color in Springfield. 

The Urban League of Springfield led the Massachusetts Education Equity and Excellence Summit Thursday at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. The three-hour event included discussions on new state education data, which revealed higher discipline rates and lower achievement rates for African American and Latino students in Massachusetts.

“Massachusetts is often talked about and thinks of itself as a leader in education and while there is a lot to be proud of in this state,” said Natasha Ushomirski, education trust director, at P2 Policy Development. “The truth is Underneath these high rankings, are big disparities in opportunity and achievement.”

Ushomirski told 22News they are working with the state to increase the number of high-quality teachers in Springfield and improve discipline practices. 

Ushomirski said the data also showed low-income and Latino students in Massachusetts to have lower graduation rates and perform worse on state exams.

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