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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.

2009-10

2005-06

1999-00

1993-94

88%

90%

92%

94%

96%

98%

100%

Racial Composition of Maine's Public School Students

White

Black

Asian/Pacific Islander

Native American

Hispanic

Sources: 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