WHO WE ARE
The Coalition of The Silence© is a community based organization that seeks to end the achievement and discipline gaps that persist between racial and ethnic subgroups in affluent public school districts – like Fairfax County Public Schools.
WHAT IS “THE SILENCE”
“We must listen to The Silence” were the words of former school board member Robert “Bob” Frye. The Coalition of The Silence© is a tribute to Bob’s longtime leadership on behalf of those communities that are rarely seen or heard at school board meetings. Their children are under represented at the highest levels of academic achievement and over represented in school discipline procedures. Socio-economically disadvantaged students, Black and Latino student are at the heart of the Coalition of The Silence©. Collectively, these 60,000-plus children are the single largest stakeholder group within the FCPS community. Rather than continue to plead with others to listen, COTS works to give “The Silence” its rightful voice.
COTS believes that when The Silence has a consistent and credible voice, school board members will make decisions that more accurately reflect the needs of COTS kids. In the two years since its launch, COTS has already seen results. But there are still many challenges ahead. COTS needs more members of The Silence to step forward. Join the movement. And most importantly, be heard in their own voice.