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In the increasingly competitive international economy, a good education is the best—and perhaps only—insurance. This is especially true for students who are poor, English language learners, or members of minority groups. “Get a good education,” we say. “It is the best chance you have.”

—Carmen G. Arroyo

No one deserves an inferior education and certainly no teacher wants to provide a watered down version of the curriculum. Carmen Arroyo (2008) says that although states say a good education is important in helping children to become successful adults, they often do not provide equitable resources or equal access to a quality education. “Despite national imagery full of high flying concepts like ‘equal opportunity’ and ‘level playing field,’ English-learner, low-income, and minority students do not get the extra ...

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