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ERIC Number: ED556787
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
Unequally Safe: The Race Gap in School Safety. Working Paper #01-13
Lacoe, Johanna
Institute for Education and Social Policy
Inequality in educational outcomes is a frequent topic of policy debate. This paper investigates one potential source of educational inequality--school safety. With panel survey data of middle school students, this paper estimates racial gaps in student feelings of safety in the classroom, in the hallways, and outside the school building, and how frequently students miss school due to safety concerns. The results identify gaps in feelings of safety between black students, Hispanic students, and their white and Asian peers, even within the same schools and homerooms. Multilevel modeling and decomposition analyses are used to identify key contextual characteristics of schools -- school disorder, discipline and security policies, and racial and ethnic tension -- that relate to racial and ethnic inequality in feelings of safety.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York University, Institute for Education and Social Policy (IESP)
Identifiers - Location: New York