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Meredith P. Richards

Assistant professor, Southern Methodist University

Meredith P. Richards is an assistant professor of Education Policy and Leadership in the Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University. Her research and teaching focuses on the impact of education policies on historically disadvantaged groups.

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Changes coming — or already here — in a school district near you

With its districts of innovation, Texas has undertaken a massive experiment in education. Allowing districts to compete on a level playing field with charters and allowing flexibility for districts that face different challenges holds the potential to improving student achievement. However, it also could remove key safeguards designed to protect students and improve educational outcomes.