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Florida State Board of Education Passes Plan for Racially-Based Academic Goals

| by Michael Allen

The Florida State Board of Education recently approved a plan that sets goals for students in math and reading according to race.

Last Tuesday, the board passed a plan that aims for 90 percent of Asian students, 88 percent of whites, 81 percent of Hispanics and 74 percent of blacks to be reading at or above grade level by by 2018.

Additionally, 92 percent of Asian kids, 86 percent of whites, 80 percent of Hispanics and 74 percent of blacks are to be to proficient at math, reports the Palm Beach Post.

However, Juan Lopez, magnet coordinator at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Riviera Beach, told the Palm Beach Post: “Our kids, although they come from different socioeconomic backgrounds, they still have the ability to learn. To dumb down the expectations for one group, that seems a little unfair.”

State Board of Education Chairwoman Kathleen Shanahan said that setting goals for different racial groups was needed to comply with terms of a waiver that Florida has from the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

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