New Federal Report: Racial Disparities Still Exist In Education

Source: Bruce Alpert / / The Times-Picayune

WASHINGTON — Sixty years after the Supreme Court declared that the right to a good education “must be made available to all on equal terms, the United States still has a long way to go toward achieving that mandate, says a new Department of Education report.

Even in pre-school, the new report Friday by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, says black students are much more likely to be suspended.

The report, issued Friday said black students represent 18 percent of preschool enrollment, but 42 percent of students suspended once, and 48 percent of students suspended more than once.

The report said 81 percent of Asian-American high school students and 71 percent of white high school students attend high school with a full range of math and science courses. But only 57 percent of black students and 67 percent of Latino students have access to such a variety of math and science courses.

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