Board urges action on gap in achievement

November 22, 2001|By Stephanie Desmon | Stephanie Desmon,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County school board members say they're tired of talking about the wide achievement gap between black and white students. They want to do something to narrow it.

"We've moved terribly slowly," said Sanford V. Teplitzky, the senior member of the board. "I'm really tired of reading the same reports we've been reading for years.

"We need to set it as a priority and that means placing dollars toward it, placing resources toward it, meaning human and others."

What will be done is unclear. But board members directed Superintendent Joe A. Hairston late Tuesday night to return with concrete recommendations on how to reduce the gap, or at least on how to start.

In February 1999, members passed a resolution identifying "minority achievement as a major priority for action." Little has happened since, board members said.

More and more minority students enroll each year in what has been a predominantly white school system.

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