Education Reform’s Race Debate


Nearly everyone agrees that education reform would benefit from having more leaders of color, to better reflect and include the communities it aims to serve. But some advocates argue that this is not enough, because the movement reflects entrenched interests and embodies white privilege. This view holds that true school reform must be part of a broader social justice campaign led by people of color, which calls for progressive changes to health care, housing, immigration, and economic policies, as well as education.

Is this a bold call for real social justice or a case of successful, bipartisan reform being overrun by identity politics and left-wing political agendas?

Let’s Build a Modern Reform Coalition
By Stacey Childress



Judge Reformers by Results, Not Race
By Jason Crye



Make Diversity a Key Value in Reform
By John E. Deasy



School Reform Must Serve Social Justice Goals
By Howard L. Fuller



Reform Leaders: You’re Fired
By Robert Pondiscio



Engage Communities, But Stay Focused on Results
By Michelle Rhee



School Reform Family Feud
By Gerard Robinson



New Priorities for Equity in Reform
By Ryan J. Smith



Chauvinism versus Social Justice
By Chris Stewart


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