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ERIC Number: ED608822
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Educational Equity: What Does It Mean? How Do We Know When We Reach It? Research Brief
Barth, Patte
Center for Public Education
It has been over 60 years since the U.S. Supreme Court declared education "a right which must be made available to all on equal terms." In ruling that separate was in fact not equal, "Brown v Board of Education" forced federal, state and local governments to open public schools to all children in the community. The decision marked a huge victory for the civil rights movement. Yet integrating school buildings would prove to be just the first step in an ongoing journey toward educational equity in the nation. There remained -- and still remain -- structural and social barriers to making a world-class public education "available to all on equal terms." In this paper, Center for Public Education (CPE) provides a brief overview of educational equity and its various, sometimes overlapping parts. The report begins by reviewing the data on the students served by public schools. The authors then describe the areas in an equity agenda that research shows will have the greatest impact on student outcomes: funding, curriculum, teachers and discipline policies. The hope is to provide a common vocabulary for school boards to help them start conversations in their communities and thereby bring the nation closer to fulfilling its promise of equal opportunity for all.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National School Boards Association, Center for Public Education (CPE)