Pennsylvania school district offers race-based affinity groups for fourth graders

Students as young as fourth grade are participating in race-based affinity programs in the Pennsylvania school district of Lower Merion as part of the district’s equity initiatives.

The school district, located near Philadelphia, outlines its “equity efforts” on its website, which includes participation in an affinity program for “students of color” as early as fourth grade.

“Lower Merion School District is committed to taking a leadership role in closing achievement gaps and ensuring the achievement of all students through a comprehensive array of programs, strategies and community partnerships,” the district says on its website
. “The Lower Merion Board of School Directors and Administration have long applied an equity lens to decision-making and practices affecting students and staff throughout the district.”


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