Evergreen Public Schools to cut nearly 200 positions, including some designed to improve equity

Evergreen Public Schools to cut nearly 200 positions, including some designed to improve equity

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Leaders at Evergreen Public Schools, the sixth largest district in Washington state, say that shrinking enrollment has created a budget shortfall — even though voters approved a replacement levy. They say they're about $20 million short, and because of that they have to cut nearly 200 positions, ranging from teachers to bus drivers. But people are really taking notice of cuts to one new department: the district's new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Department. Evergreen is a public school system with about 23,000 students, and nearly half are students of color. In this and other ways, it's a diverse student population. But it is led by teachers and administrators who are more than 90% white. That was the backdrop for the creation in the past year of a …
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