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Blacks in Suburbs Failing Md. Exams

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Saturday, September 8, 2007

Poor results at some high schools called surprising

New Town High School students

Students work during an American government class at New Town High in Owings Mills, which has reported poor assessment results. (Sun photo by Chiaki Kawajiri / September 5, 2007)

September 6, 2007

When Maryland’s top school officer proposed that the state back away from its tough high school testing program last week, one reason might have been the troubling performance of some suburban schools.An alarming pattern of failure is surfacing: Minority students, especially African-Americans, are struggling to pass the exams in the suburban classrooms their families had hoped would provide a better education.

“It is a wake-up call to African-Americans in Maryland,” said Dunbar Brooks, president of the state school board and former president of the Baltimore County school board. “For many African-Americans, the mere fact that your child attends a suburban school district does not make academic achievement automatic.”

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