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Columbia School Board candidates Q&A: Academic disparities

Mar 21, 2019

The Missourian submitted a list of 10 standardized questions to the three candidates for Columbia School Board.

The candidates' answers will be published in a series. Here are their answers to the following question from Missourian readers:

Gaps in academic achievement among different groups of students, particularly between black and white students, persist in the district. What do you think explains those disparities? What would you propose to address them?

Three candidates - Blake Willoughby, Jay Atkins and Della Streaty-Wilhoit - are running for two open seats on the Columbia Board of Education on April 2. KBIA spoke with three Columbia Missourian reporters, each of who has been covering a candidate.

Columbia School Board candidates Blake Willoughby and Della Streaty-Wilhoit won the endorsement of the Columbia Missouri National Education Association (CMNEA), which represents teachers in the Columbia Public School District.

CMNEA announced in a news release Wednesday evening that it endorsed the two over the third candidate, Jay Atkins, in a race for two open seats on the board.

Willoughby, 24, is a doctoral student at MU studying theater and performance studies and is working toward a black studies graduate minor and a higher education administration certificate.