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Dudley Flood Center highlights education equity gaps in latest report

Source: Ed NC

A local center is hoping to create change for the more than 42 geographically diverse school districts around North Carolina. 

The Dudley Flood Center for Educational Equity and Opportunity released its “2023 Equity Forward Report, which underscores its priority to elevate student voices, recruit and retain a diverse educator workforce, advocate for equitable policies and practices, and use data to drive equitable investments. 

Decades of underfunding by state Republicans, has led to an ever-growing funding gap for public education; making it a challenge for the state to retain quality educators, keep up to date on school infrastructure, and classroom resources.

Since its inception, the center has worked to “address growing needs due to continued breaches by the state to fully fund and implement the Leandro Comprehensive Remedial Plan.”

Dr. Dudley Flood, for which the center is named after, has been at the forefront of advocating for equity in education. Dr. Flood played an important role helping North Carolina schools adopt racial integration plans during the 1960s and ’70s.

According to the center’s website, “in the years following the Brown v. Board of Education decision that mandated school desegregation in the United States, Dr. Flood traveled to every corner of the state to unite divided communities and work toward integrating our public schools.”

The center, along with its initiatives such as Color of Education, the Rural Teacher Leader Network and the DRIVE Task Force, are continuing the work to “respond to the need and support students through our continued support of districts, schools, and those serving to educate the young minds of tomorrow.”

You can read more about the report here


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