The 2015 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty states that 1 in 3 (29%) of Manitoba’s children live in challenging socioeconomic circumstances (Campaign 2000, 2015). Schools and school systems are just one part of a broader social support network for children and families, but they can have a significant and direct impact on the quality of a child’s daily life and future life outcomes. For that reason it is important to consider, among other factors, the work of schools and school divisions in promoting equity as a means to support the well-being of students and families.
In 2012, the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg (SPCW) extended an open invitation to interested parties to discuss development of a study of the efforts of the public education sector to achieve greater equity for students across Manitoba. As a result, an Equity in Education Steering Committee was established. This report, developed in partnership with Manitoba Association of School Superintendents, Manitoba Education and Training, and the Manitoba School Boards Association, is the culmination of the work of the committee. It is intended to provide a snapshot of equity practice in Manitoba school divisions, support ongoing conversations around equity, provide suggestions about next steps, and celebrate effective practices and progress in creating more inclusive learning environments.