• Home
  • As students return to school, inequality, racial bias brought to fore, ed expert say

As students return to school, inequality, racial bias brought to fore, ed expert say

Monday, August 24, 2020

LAWRENCE — Schools across the country are reopening, and students are returning to classrooms with many questions lingering beyond how they will stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the pandemic has affected communities of color disproportionately, it illustrates how education in America still struggles with questions of equity, race, equality, safety in schools, discipline and related issues.

Dorothy Hines, assistant professor of curriculum & teaching and African & African-American studies at the University of Kansas, studies education, race, discipline and how schools handle punishment of students. She is available to speak with media about students returning to school, equity, race, equality, Black communities, Black women and girls, equity in education, discipline, the school-to-prison pipeline, discipline during a pandemic and related topics.

“Racial inequality has been a preexisting condition in our society. But it can be uprooted if we are intentional about addressing its symptoms and treating it head-on,” Hines said.

Hines has published numerous scholarly articles on skewed racial discipline and how it can be addressed, how race and culture affect school discipline and dropout rates, at-risk students and more.

To schedule an interview, contact Mike Krings at mkrings@ku.edu or @MikeKrings.


Associate professor Diane Nielsen involved in $120 million project to overhaul how reading is taught to children by 2015
School of Education is 10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
—U.S. News & World Report
3.35: average GPA of students admitted to teacher education program
All teacher education programs accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
All teacher education programs accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education
Alumni have been named Kansas Teacher of the Year
Alumni have received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and the Horizon Award
KU Today
Connect with KU Curriculum & Teaching

KU Curriculum and Teaching Facebook page KU School of Education YouTube Channel KU School of Education Twitter Feed KU School of Ed instagram icon KU School of Ed LinkedIn icon