How Will America’s New Education Law Change Your School? 5 Experts Pick the Most Important Issue Parents Should Be Monitoring in States’ ESSA Plans

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Media Outlet: The 74 Million

Conor P. Williams was quoted in the 74 Million on one important issue parents should be monitoring in states' ESSA plans:

“The historic divisions of equity in the U.S. are race and class. Those are the ones we spend the most time thinking about as a field and for good reason. However, the demographics of the U.S. are shifting. About 22 percent of our student speak a non-English language at home. If you are not looking at equity through a language lens, in addition to race and class, then you are missing an enormous part of the population … If we don’t think about it, then we can’t really be serious about pushing for equitable opportunities for all students.”

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Conor P. Williams is a senior researcher in New America's Education Policy Program. His work addresses policies and practices related to educational equity, dual language learners, immigration, and school choice.