Adequacy v. Equity

A couple of weeks ago, we discussed at length the difference between adequacy vs. equity. Aside from the comparisons that were made in class, we didn’t truly scratch the surface on the difference between what is “adequate” and what is “equitable”.

The picture at the top of this post gives an illustration of what these two words might mean. However, I want you to think about adequacy and equity in context of the discussion that we had last week about Frisco ISD.

Frisco ISD wants very much to provide a small schools model of education for their students which means keeping their campuses relatively small on the elementary, middle, and high school levels. In order to create this balance, they have drawn and redrawn attendance boundaries through the years to accommodate this community expectation. They have also built more schools to create smaller campuses. You could argue that this model is both adequate and equitable.

However, not every school district in Texas has this vision for their campuses (nor to they have the money). I am sure that the school district that you work in would love to have elementary schools that are 500-700 students with class sizes hovering around 20-1.

So, based on that, you could argue that when compared to your district, Frisco has an advantage and their model is not adequate or equitable when compared to your district.

For this week, think deeply about what it means to have adequacy and equity in a school district. Discuss with your classmates where you think the origin of adequacy and equity comes from.  Is it just funding or is it tied to leadership and vision?  Think deeply and share your thoughts.