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Equity and Access: Questions and Issues

Historically, educational institutions have established special "affirmative action" programs to promote diversity for many different reasons, including:

As these programs are under attack in many forums, it is appropriate to re-examine these rationales. The motivations for programs that promote equity and access in mathematics education are often different from those expressed in support of programs at an institutional level. The following questions may help disentangle issues of special importance in mathematics from those that apply as well to education in its broadest sense.

Questions for Mathematics Education:

Question for State and Local Policy:

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