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ERIC Number: EJ1066355
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1540-8000
Arkansas's Fight for Real Equity
Barth, Jay
State Education Standard, v15 n2 p21-24 May 2015
Even as states made educational advances in recent years, they have often struggled to close achievement gaps between white students and students of color and between wealthier and poorer students. Arkansas is a state that has unquestionably made great strides in overall educational adequacy since the Arkansas Supreme Court made a stream of decisions known as the "Lake View" cases starting in 2002. By some measures, and particularly in the earliest grades, Arkansas's strategies have helped to close the achievement gap more than other states' efforts have. Still, major gaps remain. Arkansas's efforts to produce true educational equity in recent years is a story in which success produced by promising strategies mixes with frustrating inaction in key areas. Moving forward, new political forces have complicated the fight for educational equity in Arkansas, as the lessons of the Lake View era feel "back in the day" for a new generation of state policymakers. This article provides an overview of the "Lake View" era.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arkansas
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress
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