The Persistent Gap in American Public Schools

"LEEHS 18" by Clayton Shonkwiler licensed under CC BY 2.0
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Source: NPQ

A recent analysis of the U.S. Department of Education report on Public Schools in the America found major gaps in education equity and opportunity for students.

The report titled “A First Look” includes CRDC data collected from the years of 2013 to 2014; the report includes surveys of 16,758 school districts; 95,507 public schools; and 50,035,749 students. The survey essentially analyzes student access to programs, courses, staff, general resources and also examines student wellness.

The survey highlights a number of issues that continue to plague America’s public schools and education system, with wide achievement gaps, perpetuated by economic disparities.

“Given the racial disparities and inequalities that the most recent national and global studies point to, elected officials—at the national and local levels—as well as school and community leaders, must receive more support and resources to better counteract these realities. Their decisions will have long-term consequences for communities of color and our nation overall. Our children deserve better,” said Ana Aparicio, associate professor of anthropology and Latino studies at Northwestern University, as reported by Nonprofit Quarterly.

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