Equity and Excellence in Maine Schools

Supporting Ethnic and Racial Minority Students

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,

·      promoting civic engagement and skills needed for leadership,

·      improved classroom environments.[1]

Maine now has the ability to capitalize on these possibilities with the growth of racial diversity in our schools. 


[1] 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).