Connecticut Voices for Children: Black-White Education Disparities Persist in State

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New Haven Register | January 23, 2017 | Brian Zahn

Connecticut Voices for Children: Black-White Education Disparities Persist in State

NEW HAVEN — A new study by Connecticut Voices for Children concludes the black-white achievement gap in the state is because of a gap in opportunity — and the state’s future could be at risk if changes aren’t made.

“The Black-White Education Gap in Connecticut: Indicators of Inequality in Access and Outcomes” author Camara Stokes Hudson, associate policy fellow with Connecticut Voices for Children, said data made available by the state Department of Education shows black students in Connecticut have less access and opportunity than their white counterparts.

Stokes Hudson said, for instance, that black students are four times more likely to be suspended than their white counterparts and although black students are 13 percent of the Connecticut public school population, only 3.5 percent of teachers in the state are black.

“We wanted to link those outcomes,” Stokes Hudson said. “This is a larger systemic problem (Connecticut is) creating.”

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