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
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