Equal vs. equitable: Candidates in Malheur County mull ways to help marginalized students

Anabel Ortiz Chavolla, the federal programs director for Ontario School District, said that she "very much agreed" with the Oregon Department of Education's Education Equity stance, which "means the restructuring and dismantling of systems and institutions that create the dichotomy of beneficiaries and the oppressed and marginalized." (The Enterprise/Liliana Frankel)

ONTARIO – Helping students pull even with their peers in school has long been a goal of law and education practice, but it remains a political issue as voters in Malheur County pick the next batch of school board members.

“Equity” is considered a buzzword in some circles.

For others, it is a cardinal value.

The state Education Department considers equity a core value.

“The pursuit of equity . . .