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Bachelor of Arts
Dr. Julian Hayter
Dr. Javier Hidalgo
Dr. Tom Shields
Based on historical analysis of primary and secondary sources including newspaper articles and census data, this paper both explains the problems that urban school districts like Richmond Public Schools face, and proposes potential solutions to these challenges. Specifically, I assert that it is impossible to divorce the current problems in RPS from the process of local and national 20th century history. Moreover, I advocate for four interrelated solutions that challenge conventional thinking about testing, standards, and accountability, and that recognize and respect the voices of local people in an effort to promote sustainable change in educational equality and outcomes.
Leedle, Hannah, ""Measure then punish or reward:" an analysis of the intersection of history and policy in the U.S. k-12 public school system" (2015). Honors Theses. 911.