Equity, according to the American Heritage Dictionary, refers to "the state, ideal, or quality of being just, impartial, and fair" (p. 462). In an educational setting, equity can be expanded to indicate a state in which all children--minorities and nonminorities, males and females, successful students and those who have fallen behind, and students who have been denied access in the past--have equal opportunities to learn, to participate in challenging programs, and to have equal access to the services they need in order to benefit from that education.


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