The Equity Fund for OUSD Schools raises funds for OUSD public schools who are working hard to educate despite serving our highest stressed students, being located in communities facing economic and other challenges, and staffed with newer, less experienced teachers. Our work on the Equity Fund reflects the following beliefs:
We need to prioritize funding and resources to our most stressed schools
As a larger community we need to invest not just in our own children's school--but in all our children
The Equity Fund provides a small, concrete way for each of us to demonstrate our commitment to equity.
The Equity Index helps us prioritize the schools facing the highest stress. Ratings are based on the following indictors.
- Neighborhood Environment: stress, food security, and community health factors in the neighborhood surrounding the school.
- Staff Preparedness: Teacher retention, % of new teachers
Student Demographics: Percentage of students enrolled in school lunch program, with learning disabilities, and english language learners.
There are many ways to get involved with the equity fund.
We encourage all donors to reach out and engage their broader networks. Reach out if you want issue a challenge or host a fund raising event.
Many schools with high fundraising PTAs are contributing to the Equity Fund. Help us get your school involved.
We're looking for parent volunteers to serve as liaisons to our funded schools. Get in touch and we'll tell you more.