GR's Equity Score Card

Lily Cheng Schulting

“They were using a Brigance standard for Bill that was up to age 48 months.”

That’s Lilly Cheng Schulting, whose son Bill goes to a center-based program in a Grand Rapids Public Schools. 

“and they were saying, 'oh he’s doing wonderful and he’s the best one in the class,' But your standard is up to 48 months and he’s 15 years old.”

Grand Rapids Equity Scorecard from 2016 to the present

Feb 20, 2019
City of Grand Rapids

Since taking office in early 2016, Mayor Rosalynn Bliss made it a top priority for her administration to address systemic racism and racial bias. Here she is in the 2016 State of the City.  

“We must support the work being done to nurture business to business relationships, and to promote and enhance especially minority owned businesses.”

How much a child weighs when they are born is a predictor of how ready that child will be for kindergarten, according to Anissa Eddie, process facilitator for KConnect,who uses this data in her work. KConnect focuses on improving access to education for children in Kent County an also to achieve better outcomes. 

“Healthy birth is considered a baby born at five and a half pounds or more, and born below that often means that they were premature, or there was some type of nutritional issue and that is just often then connected to developmental problems or issues with health.”  

Kyama Kitavi, an economic developer in the city of Grand Rapids, says economic opportunity really has to do with developing policies on equity intentionally.  

“The same intentionality that was used to keep people out of this economic opportunity, the same intentionality needs to be used to bring people back in.” 

According to data from the U.S Census Bureau, 30% percent of the firms in the city are owned by people of color, but their value is at an average of $105,642 while the business value for white owned businesses is at an average of nearly $600,000.