New Gov. Report on Race, Civil Rights Opportunities in US Schools

By Joe Gullo

Published 03/21 2014 03:34PM

Updated 03/21 2014 03:38PM

WASHINGTON - A new government report is out about issues of race and civil rights in U.S. schools.

Those findings include concerns that 40% of public school districts do not offer preschool and that those suspended in preschool are disproportionately black.

"Unlike even large nationally representative surveys of our public schools, the 2011-2012 CRDC was conducted in every public school in America. It covers all of our nation's 97,000 schools, all 16,500 school districts and all 49 million students," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. "Let me be crystal clear: the numbers being reported today are not projections. They are not estimates of educational opportunities in our nation's public schools. They present the first detailed nationwide picture of the opportunity gap in America's schools."

The report also found racial disparities in grade repetition rates and in which students have access to a full range of math and science courses.

Secretary Duncan says the reports shows that the U.S. education system falls short of meeting the American promise for many students.

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