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Volume 120, Number 13, 2018

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by Jemimah Young & Ramon Goings
This introduction provides an overview of the theme of this yearbook.

by Floyd Beachum
This analysis seeks to explain the purpose of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and outline the current plight of many students of color in the United States. It then uses critical race theory to contextualize and categorize persistent problems that face the implementation of ESSA for these students of color.

by Donald Easton-Brooks, Derrick Robinson & Sheneka Williams
This article examines the challenges facing schools at the teacher and leadership levels as districts engage in more diverse environments.

by Michelle Salazar Pérez
In light of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the newest iteration of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), this article first traces the history of NCLB’s influence on early childhood education and care. New and modified aspects of ESSA are then examined. With unprecedented emphasis on young children, this article discusses the potential impacts of ESSA on early childhood education for years to come.

by Dorothy Hines, Robb King Jr. & Donna Ford
In this article, authors examine the disciplinary experiences of Black students with and without dis/abilities, and the role of the Every Student Succeeds Act in addressing racial and gender disparities in punishments. Using national data and an equity formula, authors determine the percentage of inequitable overrepresentation of Black girls and Black boys for in-school and out-of-school suspensions.

by Larry Walker
Policy makers have to ensure that federal programs align with the needs of underserved communities. For this reason, this article examines the impact that the Every Student Succeeds Act could have on African American students’ access to mental health support services in PreK–12 schools.

by Jamaal Young, Mary Capraro, Robert Capraro & Marti Cason
This article focuses on the Every Student Succeeds Act, which stipulates numerous provisions for supporting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Authors reviewed the provisions in five areas pertinent to STEM and presented recommendations to support access, equity, and achievement in STEM content areas.

by Venus Evans-Winters, Dorothy Hines, Allania Moore & Teresa Jones
Drawing from critical race feminism, this article discusses how Black girls in the PreK–12 public school system are disregarded and made invisible within educational policy discourse, implementation, and school reform. Authors analyze educational policies, including the Every Student Succeeds Act, and suggest that the continued failure of legislation to address the intersectional identities of Black girls contributes to racial and gender disparities in school discipline.

by Keisha Allen, Julius Davis, Renee Garraway & Janeula Burt
This article examines the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and its implications for educational equity for Black boys. Using critical race theory, the authors argue that similar to past policies, ESSA intends to ensure educational equity for all students, but ignores the ways in which race, gender, and other forms of oppression are implicated in the teaching and learning process and constrain Black male youths’ opportunities to learn.

 
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