Auburn University to hold forum on public school student achievement gap

AUBURN – Auburn University will host a public forum on what citizens in Auburn and Lee County can do to close the widening achievement gap between low-income and minority children and their peers in school. The forum is on Monday, Nov. 10, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Auburn First Baptist Church. Refreshments will be provided.

The forum is one of a year-long series of National Issues Forums designed to promote discussion and decision-making on issues related to public education.

In a deliberative forum, participants will weigh the attractions, weaknesses, costs and consequences of differing perspectives on how to approach an issue. Most importantly, citizens will identify acceptable and unacceptable tradeoffs among the differing approaches and create common ground for effective action on the issue.

“We are pleased to participate in a project that brings together so many diverse partners to think and talk about issues that are important to communities and to their future,” said Jay Lamar, director of the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities.

The forum is cosponsored by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts, Access and Community Initiatives in the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Auburn University and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life.

The Mathews Center is a non-partisan, tax-exempt entity for the purpose of fostering public deliberation and innovative community decision making. The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities, outreach office of the College of Liberal Arts, is dedicated to strengthening the bonds between the academic community and the general public through programs in schools, towns and communities around the state.

For more information on the forum, contact Mark Wilson at (334) 844-4946 or Paulette Dilworth at (334) 844-4184.

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