The documents on this page are designed to support school boards navigating the sometimes rough waters of educational equity, while staying the course toward their pursuit of positive outcomes for every student.

School boards across the country have seen increased interest in their proceedings and an increase presence of community at their meetings. While many board members have long hoped for more community engagement, some districts have found themselves at the center of some very challenging meetings as tensions rise across the country around everything from masks to curriculum.

One area of interest concerns educational equity, which has, in some instances, been inaccurately lumped in with critical race theory, a separate concept which itself is often misinterpreted. As a result, educational equity has become a lightning rod in some communities causing some to question district equity strategies to address existing opportunity and achievement gaps.

With the central role of school boards being the pursuit of excellent outcomes for all students, the OSBA remains steadfast in its commitment to proving district leaders with access to tools, resources, leadership strategies and practices for closing the opportunity and achievement gaps for all Ohio students regardless of family income, ZIP code, race/ethnicity, cultural background, disability, gender and other personal factors that impact the 1.6 million students attending our public schools. This is the work of educational equity, and it is our duty and privilege to be in it with you for the benefit of Ohio's students.

Understanding the difference between critical race theory and educational equity - What you need to know
A brief description distinguishing educational equity from critical race theory.

Equity in education
A toolkit with articles, brochures and reports.

Leading and navigating through divisive situations
Review tips on navigating conflict (August 2021 School Management News)

Public participation at school board meetings
Frequently asked questions on public participation