Why does Equitable Education matter?

Through the Equitable Education portfolio, Meyer contributes to its vision — of an Oregon in which all students have opportunity to succeed in school — by investing in the “gap:” the achievement gap, the graduation gap and the opportunity gap. We prioritize students who disproportionately experience these gaps, and we seek to balance our investment between the urgent need of today’s student and the system that must prepare to meet the needs of tomorrow’s student. 

This portfolio reflects a mix of rural and urban grantees that offer, through an equity lens, a vision and approach to eliminating the gaps so all students in Oregon have the opportunity to access meaningful public education. Funding is specifically targeted toward priority student populations, including underserved students of color, English Language Learners (ELL), LGBTQ students, students living in poverty, students with disabilities, first generation post-secondary students and students in foster care.

Public education institutions, policies and leaders are not meeting the educational needs of all students in Oregon, as evidenced by persistent gaps in achievement and opportunity experienced by some students. Oregon’s public education system does not reflect the diversity of needs or the rich array of cultures and traditions that communities bring to support families and children.

Our state faces deeply entrenched and complex education issues, and finding solutions requires a thoughtful, balanced approach to both the urgent need of today’s student and the system that must prepare to meet the needs of tomorrow’s student. The Equitable Education portfolio is focused on improving priority student achievement throughout the K-12 continuum and systems-level change at all institutional levels to replace predictable gaps with abundant opportunity.

Our vision for Equitable Education in Oregon is that all students access meaningful public education.