The Stamford community gathered Wednesday night around a common theme, that closing the achievement gap in education is possible.
Stamford Achieves hosted a success symposium at the Ferguson Library on the topic. The organization featured David Kirp, a professor of public policy at the University of Calfornia at Berkley. Kirp wrote a book that chronicles how a poor urban school district in Union City New Jersey turned around.
Union City's superintendent and assistant superintendent also addressed the crowd about their hard work. The educators say what they did in Union City is similar to what Stamford's district is also working toward.
"In the high school. These are general ed. These are not your limited English students, these are not your special needs students. We had a passing rate of 30 percent," said Silvia Abbato, assistant superintendent of the Union City school district. "In the last year, I'm happy to say it's gone up to 75 percent. So given the opportunity, the urban child can succeed."
"There is no finish line in education until every child is able to absolutely be ready for whatever they want to do in life. If it's college, if it's the work world, it's that they have the options and the choices because they have a superior foundation," said Dr. Winnie Hamilton, superintendent of Stamford schools.