Benefits of Racial Diversity in Public Schools
Research studies demonstrate that racial diversity of students in schools leads to significant educational benefits including:
Improvements in cognitive abilities, critical thinking, and self-confidence
Promoting cross-racial understanding and reduction of prejudice
Improved classroom environments
Promoting civic engagement and skills needed for leadership
Maine has had a slow increase in distribution over the past decade.
Racial Composition of Maine's Public School Students
1) Maine NCLB Racial Distribution Data
2) Brief for American Educational Research Association, et al. as Amici Curiae Supporting Respondents, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, No. 11-345 (argued October 10, 2012).
Created by Christopher Ross for Equity and Excellence in Maine Schools. usm.maine.edu/eems