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The fate of education in the South

Photo Courtesy: The Columbia Group
  • New report calls for increased commitment from Southern states for improving education
  • 74 percent of Southern voters see differences in the quality of education available to students across their states
  • From 2005 to 2015, the achievement gap actually grew for some students in the South

In this episode of EdTalk, host Alex Granados talks with Alan Richard, author of the report Accelerating the Pace: The Future of Education in the American South. The report “shows that while the South has made major advances in education in recent decades, some ‘achievement gaps’ between more affluent students and historically disadvantaged classmates widened between 2005 and 2015,” the press release states. 

The report, an effort of “seven nonpartisan organizations in the South—including the Public School Forum of North Carolina—urge their states to take swifter action to improve K-12 education for every child with an emphasis on support for disadvantaged students,” the press release states. Collectively, the group of organizations is called The Columbia Group. 

Richard also oversaw The Education Poll of the South, which was released at the same time as the report. 

Hear the interview with Richard below. 


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