More minorities found enrolling in gifted program

October 11, 1991|By Baltimore County Bureau of The Sun

Baltimore County school administrators last night cited an increase in African-Americans in the gifted and talented program as one of the improvements in minority student achievement of the last school year.

But administrators, presenting their annual report on minority participation at a school board meeting, said more needs to be done. "I would like to think that we have built an infrastructure," said Stephen C. Jones, coordinator of the county's Office of Minority Education.

School system goals include improving achievement and xTC curtailing the disproportionate number of minorities being suspended. About 33 percent of the students suspended in the 1990-1991 year were black, compared with an 18 percent black enrollment rate. About 22 percent of the 90,000 students are minorities.

Administrators said the school system spent about $1,147,000 on such items as parent workshops, tutoring and instructional materials.

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