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ERIC Number: ED561084
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 33
Abstractor: ERIC
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The Economic Benefits of Closing Educational Achievement Gaps: Promoting Growth and Strengthening the Nation by Improving the Educational Outcomes of Children of Color
Lynch, Robert G.; Oakford, Patrick
Center for American Progress
Our nation is currently experiencing growing levels of income and wealth inequality, which are contributing to longstanding racial and ethnic gaps in education outcomes and other areas. This report quantifies the economic benefits of closing one of the most harmful racial and ethnic gaps: the educational achievement gap that exists between black and Hispanic children and native-born white children. The report reviews data on growing inequality, demographic changes, and intensifying global economic competition; it describes factors that cause educational achievement gaps, and offers public policies that could help close them. Even from a very narrow budgetary perspective, the tax revenue gains this study forecasts suggest that investments to close racial and ethnic achievement gaps could amply pay for themselves in the long run. Contains endnotes. [This report was produced under Progress 2050: New Ideas for a Diverse America, a project within the Center for American Progress.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Center for American Progress
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment