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Politics & Public Policy

Youth Forum: The Education Achievement Gap

Monday, October 24, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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"The achievement gap doesn't start when children enter kindergarten, it starts before they are born." – Cathy Whitehouse, Ph.D.

Education has largely been termed “the great equalizer,” but increasingly different communities are providing vastly divergent educational experiences for their students. Whether determined by race, gender, and/or socioeconomic status, various gaps remain in providing quality, accessible education. Fifty years ago, the black-white achievement gap was 1.5 times larger than the income gap; today, the the income gap exceeds the black-white achievement gap by nearly two times. This disparity has ballooned so much that the gap between low and high income (10th and 90th percentile income families, respectively) is about 30 to 40 percent larger for children born in 2001 than it was for children born in 1976.

Schools are also increasingly segregated: only 17.1 percent of white students attend a school where minorities make up at least half of students and over 75 percent of Hispanic and African-American students attend majority-minority schools. Simultaneously, U.S. public schools are more diverse than ever and for the first time in history, students of color outnumber white students in our nation’s public schools.

Given this national context, where is Ohio on the achievement gap continuum? Where do we go from here? Join us for our second youth forum of the year featuring a panel discussion on the education achievement gap.

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