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Buncombe County joins partnership to rally community in fight to close learning gap

Buncombe County joins partnership to rally community in fight to close learning gap
Buncombe County commissioners voted Tuesday night to join the Asheville Buncombe United for Youth Network Partnership agreement. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Buncombe County commissioners voted Tuesday night to join the Asheville Buncombe United for Youth Network Partnership agreement.

The partnership works make sure all students, regardless of means or race, have the same opportunities for success.

The new agreement is a way to help close the growing achievement gaps in Buncombe County and Asheville City schools.

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Commissioners told project leaders to involve the schools as much as possible.

"How are you going to hold the schools accountable for what they do during the day while they have the kids there? That’s an important piece," commissioner All Whitesides said.

Both school systems, along with other community organizations, have signed onto the partnership with the goal of making all students career-ready after graduation by 2035.

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