Unequal Resources; Unequal Results
Student outcomes vary widely by race and income, but it’s unfair to say that low-income students of color are just achieving less when we know they are being given less. These students are more likely to attend schools with lower expectations and fewer resources, have less access to grade-level content, and are more likely to be over-disciplined.2 This “resource gap” is not accidental; it is the result of systemically racist policies.
Decades of housing discrimination, unequal access to healthcare, and a generational wealth gap push low-income Black and Latino communities further and further behind.3
Unfortunately, in the Bay Area, public schools have not been the equalizing force they should be.
2Yes We Can: Telling Truths and Dispelling Myths About Race and Education in America. Washington, DC: The Education Trust, 2006. Accessed April 2, 2018. https://1k9gl1yevnfp2lpq1dhrqe17-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/YesWeCan.pdf; Anne Gregory, Russell J. Skiba, and Pedro A. Noguera. The Achievement Gap and the Discipline Gap: Two Sides of the Same Coin?. Educational Researcher, 2010 Vol 39: pg 59
3Janie Boschma and Ronald Brownstein, “The Concentration of Poverty in American Schools,” The Atlantic, February 29, ,2016, https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/02/concentration-poverty-american-schools/471414/ ; “Mind the (achievement) gap,” LA Times, November 26, 2007, http://www.latimes.com/la-op-dustup26nov26-story.html