Few racial variances seen in social work referrals at ETHS

Practically every report of activity at Evanston Township High School is broken out by race, but when it comes to the number of students accessing the school’s social work services, the usage  is fairly consistent over various racial groups.

This is one of the insights members of the District 202 Board of Education will receive from one of the informational reports at its regular monthly meeting Monday evening.

What is called the Student Services and Student Well-being Report will be presented by Taya Kinzie, the school’s associate principal for student services.

In a memo prepared for the board, Kinzie notes that 419 social work referrals were made during the last school year, which amounts to about one in nine of the students.

But the number of referrals from various racial groups pretty closely approximates the percentage of the total student body of that race.

Looking at first-quarter 2018-2019 data, Kinzie notes that “social work access is reflective of our student enrollment by race.”

For example, 19 percent of the referrals were Latino, compared with 18.5 percent of total student enrollment. Some 30 percent were from African-American students, who represent 27.3 percent of total student enrollment. Six percent are Asian, compared with 5.6 percent of student enrollment; 58 percent are students of color, which constitute 54.3 percent of total enrollment, and 42 percent are white, which represent  45.6 percent of student enrollment.

Monday’s board meeting will be held in Room N112 at the school, located at the corner of Dodge Avenue and Church Street. The meeting is streamed live on Comcast Channel 18 in Evanston.

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