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Wall to Wall: Examining the Ecology of Racial and Educational Inequality with Research

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Prudence Carter and Michael Merry focus in this White Paper on the kinds of inequalities of opportunity (and in some instances, outcomes) that matter within the educational domain. As they proceed, they focus primarily on synthesizing research concerning inequalities of race, ethnicity, class, and to a lesser extent gender and ability, in education and schools. The body of research on educational inequality is vast; and scholars and researchers approach it from numerous perspectives, disciplines, methodologies, and levels of analysis. A point of convergence is this unavoidable fact: educational inequality endures, and it is highly correlated with specific race, ethnic, socioeconomic, gender backgrounds --or some combination of these—across societies.

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