others in their professional communities through ongoing professional development. Greater attention to teacher preparation and professional development greatly increases the likelihood of improved schooling experiences for poor and minority students.
In summary, the chapters in this book highlight the need for focused attention to five areas in education: school expenditures; educational policies; quality of school experience; school, family and community connections; and teacher education and professional development. If the debate on differential student outcomes focused more on these issues and less on racial and social class stereotypes and biases, then greater progress would be made in improving the educational outcomes of historically underserved youth. The attainment of this goal is crucial not only for poor and minority students, but for the economic, political, and social well-being of the larger society as well.
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