Lauren Bushnell

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education, racial inequality, children




While the gap in high school completion has narrowed over time. the percentage of Black and Hispanic high school graduates is still significantly less than that of their White counterparts. Throughout the nation, minority students experience disparities in their educational experience that directly impact their long-term learning and success. The most significant contributors to educational disparities amongst the nation's racial and ethnic minorities include poverty, segregation and racial school districting, inadequate language resources for English language learners. bullying. and lack of access to health resources. The consequences of educational disparities among these minorities include continued poverty, decreased college enrollment and performance, long-term professional disparities, and decreased political participation. Leading practices to reduce educational disparities include sending adequately trained educators to regions in need. providing free. easily-accessible means of education to students requiring additional assistance, implementing early educational programs, and providing the nation's most disparaged students with tutoring, mentorship, and financial support