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Secretary DeVos Undermining Civil Rights Data Collection

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is proposing to eliminate aspects of the Civil Rights Data Collection. 

Let’s say that you’d like to know if students of color in your school district are more likely than White students to be taught by teachers in their first or second year in the classroom. You can find that information because it’s collected by the U.S. Department of Education through a mandatory survey issued every two years called the Civil Rights Data Collection or CRDC.

But if Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has her way, we’d no longer know the answer to this, and other questions, about disparities in educational opportunities because the Department is planning to eliminate them from the CRDC. On the chopping block are questions related to: teacher experience, including the distribution of teachers in the first or second year of teaching; school finance issues, such as how much is spent on teacher salaries; and early childhood education, such as a disaggregated count of preschool enrollment.

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