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Resolution Number: 2009-A110
Title: Request Episcopal Schools to Address Economic Disparities
Legislative Action Taken: Concurred as Amended
Final Text:

Resolved, That the 76th General Convention commend Resolution 2006-B018 (Endorse the National Council of Churches Policy on Rights of Children) for bold and immediate action; and be it further

Resolved, That the Standing Commission on National Concerns (SCNC) in its next triennium further study the voucher system and its impact on reducing the educational achievement gap within poor communities; and be it further

Resolved, That the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES) be commended for the initiatives it has taken on justice and equity, its statement on Social, Economic and Racial Mix in Episcopal schools and its Episcopal Schools Urban Alliance; and be it further

Resolved, That the Standing Committee on National Concerns encourage Episcopal Schools to cooperate with the NAES to explore and develop further new and bold educational models with underserved and economically challenged communities, focusing on systems, capacity and resources, and the story of those initiatives and efforts to be included in the SCNC Blue Book report to the 77th General Convention in 2012; and be it further

Resolved, That the Episcopal Schools, working through the NAES collaboration with the SCNC, be encouraged to further strengthen their leadership in addressing economic disparities, by finding new and bold ways to increase the availability of scholarships and sliding fee scales for elementary schools, high schools and colleges and report such findings to the SCNC for inclusion in the Blue Book report to the 77th General Convention in 2012; and be it further

Resolved, That the 76th General Convention of The Episcopal Church endorse continued support of funding for the historic black Episcopal colleges.

Citation: General Convention, Journal of the General Convention of...The Episcopal Church, Anaheim, 2009 (New York: General Convention, 2009), p. 650.