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Podcast | What’s next for James Ford and CREED, the Center for Racial Equity in Education

James Ford answers a question during a panel on equity and education. Analisa Sorrells/EducationNC

In the latest episode of EdTalk, host Alex Granados talks with James Ford, executive director of the Center for Racial Equity and Education (CREED).

CREED is releasing two reports examining equity in North Carolina, and content related to them is being released on EducationNC throughout August.

In this episode, Ford looks at the influence of race on achievement indicators, like end-of-course and end-of-grade test scores, and looks forward to the work of his new organization, CREED. 

“There needs to be an organization that’s expressly dedicated to tackling race issues and education, specific to the North Carolina context,” Ford said. “It needs to be able to dedicate all of its energies to researching the problem, engaging stakeholders around that problem, and furthermore helping to implement solutions for change. This organization, CREED, the Center for Racial Equity in Education, is positioned to do that.”

Editor’s note: James Ford is on contract with the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research from 2017-2020 while he leads this statewide study of equity in our schools. Center staff is supporting Ford’s leadership of the study, has conducted an independent verification of the data, and has edited the reports.


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