Is Mediocrity the New Standard for Black Students?

By | January 29, 2014

While many thought Jim Crow politics ended with the Civil Rights movement, the Southern Poverty Law Center alleges otherwise in their most recent complaint against the Florida Department of Education.
The complaint alleges that the Department of Education adopted a discriminatory strategic plan that sets lower academic expectations for Black and Hispanic students based on race and nationality.

The plan is particularly troubling for Miami-Dade County Public School considering it has the largest enrollment of Black and Hispanic youths in the state.

Under these new standards set for math and reading, nearly the entire population of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools district–which is more than 90 percent Black and Hispanic–is held to an academic standard far lower than their white and Asian-American counterparts. (Sacramento Observer)

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