Raising expectations, recruiting and retaining high-quality teachers, encouraging the most talented teachers to work in the neediest schools, and focusing on early childhood education are all ways that educators can work to ensure minority and low-income students are receiving a good education, speakers at a recent conference said.

“To make progress, we have to address standards and accountability,” said Janet Murgia, president and chief executive officer of the National Council of La Raza. “There are too many minority and low-income kids with low expectations.”

Panelists who met July 24 at a town hall event sponsored by the Bill


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