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Despite decades of debate about the country's failure to provide educational equity for all children, students continue to experience vastly divergent levels of quality in education as they move through the American system. Students of color in low-income schools are 3 to 10 times more likely to have unqualified teachers compared to students in predominantly white schools. These students are also far more likely to be in schools with lower per-pupil instructional expenditures, in poorly maintained facilities, and with far fewer resources. These disparities in learning opportunities result in dramatic differences in student achievement. This topic area focuses on identifying barriers to equity and the solutions that can substantially improve each student's opportunity to learn.

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