Education Debt

The sum of all previously incurred deficits or opportunity gaps in education for American Indians communities and communities of color. The education debt includes four aspects: 

1) the historical lack of access to formal public education for certain groups of people (historic debt);t

2) historical and contemporary inequities in school funding, income disparities related to different levels of education, and general wealth disparity (economic debt);

3) the disenfranchisement of people of color at local and national levels (sociopolitical debt); and

4) the disparity between what we know is right and what we actually do (moral debt)

 

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