Race matters in school quality, but dialogue often difficult

Video by Shayna Waltower

“Why does everything have to be about race?”

That’s what Sloan Oliver asked during a community forum about race and Bibb County schools on Jan. 24.

The short answer? When it comes to school quality and educational outcomes, a large volume of scholarly research shows how race matters.

Experts who study the issue say that racial diversity in schools has broad educational and societal benefits, and that poor students of color do better when they are not heavily concentrated with each other in schools.

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