Stanford Professor Wins Grawemeyer Award for Book on Inequity in Education

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

School districts across the country often spend less on instruction for low-income and minority students, and it’s one of the main reasons the United States no longer leads the world in education, as it did 40 years ago.

So says Stanford University professor Linda Darling-Hammond, who has won the 2012 Grawemeyer award in education from the University of Louisville for her book, “The Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future.”

The executive committee of the U of L Board of Trustees approved the award, which carries a $100,000 prize, on Wednesday.

The four other annual Grawemeyer winners — for music composition, improving world order, psychology and religion — were announced last month.

The education award was delayed because the Bill Bush, the faculty director for the award, went on medical leave earlier this year, U of L spokeswoman Denise Fitzpatrick said.

In an interview Wednesday, Darling-Hammond said her 2010 book explores implications for education of New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman’s book, “The World is Flat.”

One the main reasons for inequity in U.S. education is a long-standing tradition of school districts getting a big chunk of their funding from local property taxes, she said.

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