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Leonard Pitts weighs in on the Virginia and Florida standards

Remember hearing about Virginia having different performance standards for students based on race and disability? Well, Florida has already adopted differing standards and (surprise!) the Sunshine State is also calling for a lower bar for black, hispanic and disabled students than is required for their white counterparts. Are these moves by Virginia and Florida a …

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Virginia lowers the bar for minority students

It’s a head-scratcher. Virginia’s Board of Education recently opened itself to what National Public Radio reports as a “firestorm” of controversy for using race to determine different goals for students. Under this plan, Asian and white students are expected to pass standardized tests at higher rates than are Latinos, African-Americans and disabled students. So for instance, while Asians must …

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