The San Diego County Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution at its April 2018 meeting endorsing today, April 26, 2018, as 50/50 Day. Resolution 2018-16 reads:
WHEREAS, the San Diego County Board of Education has a history of advocating for equity and promoting access to high-quality educational opportunities for all students so that children have what they need to succeed in school and beyond; and WHEREAS, the San Diego County Board of Education and San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) are committed to supporting all students, including students from diverse backgrounds; and
WHEREAS, SDCOE teams are actively working to identify and remove equity challenges and systemic barriers to student success, including around issues of gender equity; and
WHEREAS, female students make up 49 percent of the San Diego County K-12 school population; and
WHEREAS, 50/50 Day is a global initiative focusing on how to get to a more gender-equitable world for everyone—all genders, all ages, across all intersecting issues; and
WHEREAS, the core principles of 50/50 Day are to include all genders, all races, and all issues; to bring the change where it needs to happen; and to invite everyone, wherever they stand on the issue of gender equality; and
WHEREAS, the second annual 50/50 Day is being held on April 26, 2018; and
WHEREAS, SDCOE will join thousands of groups in related activities, including short-film screenings, exploration of discussion materials, and a Global Live-Cast featuring prominent leaders talking about equity across all sectors of society, from the economy and politics to culture and home; and WHEREAS, both men and women can move the conversation forward and encourage the change needed for a more equitable society; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the San Diego County Board of Education and SDCOE will continue to work with a broad spectrum of community stakeholders to develop, implement, and monitor policies and programs that foster and support success for all students; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the San Diego County Board of Education supports efforts to achieve equity in all areas, including gender; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the San Diego County Board of Education commemorates April 26, 2018, as 50/50 Day; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that SDCOE will make schools aware of and encourage participation in 50/50 Day.
The San Diego County Office of Education's Equity and Access team provides the services, supports, and tools for K-12 district leaders, school leaders, counselors, and teachers to ensure every student has access to the most rigorous coursework. Learn more about SDCOE's work to ensure equity and access for all students.