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ERIC Number: EJ787005
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Equal Opportunity and the Courts
Rebell, Michael A.
Phi Delta Kappan, v89 n6 p432-439 Feb 2008
By the end of fourth grade, African American and Latino students, are two years behind their wealthier, predominantly white peers in reading and math. By eighth grade, they have slipped three years behind, and by 12th grade, the gap is full four years. These are just two examples of the most alarming figures that threaten the educational equity of minority students in America. Adequacy lawsuits such as the case wherein the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) is the plaintiff constitute perhaps the most significant attempt to redress this imbalance since the Brown v. Board of Education. In this article, the author argues that if the promise of Brown v. Board of Education is to be fulfilled, "educational adequacy" lawsuits, not cases that pursue racial integration, is the most feasible means of doing so. The author also traces the history of adequacy movement and describes its accomplishments. (Contains 12 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 12; Grade 4; Grade 8; Grade 9
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States