Wednesday, September 03, 2003

black students' achievement in the EVSC

The EVSC has been asked to sit down with the NAACP about the achievement disparity between black and white students.

In my 1-10th grade experience in the EVSC system, I never noticed any extraordinary achievement gap based on racism, overt or hidden. I think the disparity is a result of the demographics of Evansville...many blacks are from low-income families, which obviously distracts students from their academics.

At the same time, a program to break lower-income families of all races out of that cycle of poverty is needed. Regardless of one's thoughts on the NAACP's calling out of the EVSC, we can all hope that this meeting will lead to greater academic achievement for the EVSC.


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