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The Scholar: St. Mary's Law Review on Race and Social Justice

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Students of color have to contend with numerous obstacles in education including the "accent bias" obstacle. Accent bias exists in K-12 education. Just as accent bias is found in the workplace, it is also found in the classroom. Studies reveal that accent bias affects a range of speakers including Black, Asian, Latina/o, and Arab speakers. Accent bias harms students in numerous ways including denying them access to charter schools, access to high-track classes, and access to full classroom participation. Both litigation-based and school-based solutions are needed to remedy accent bias in order to ensure equal educational opportunities for all students.

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