A long struggle for equality in schools - Tucson News Now

A long struggle for equality in schools

By Fernanda Santos / New York Times

TUCSON — Looking back at the school desegregation case he took as a young lawyer, Rubin Salter Jr. sees a pile of wasted money and squandered opportunities. After almost four decades in court and nearly $1 billion in public spending, little has changed for the black children whose right to a good education he had labored to defend.

They are still among the lowest-performing students in the Tucson Unified School District, still among the most likely to be suspended or to be assigned to special-education programs and still among the least likely to join groups for gifted students. They are, as Mr. Salter put it, "still getting the short end of the stick."

Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/08/education/tucson-school-district-struggles-for-equality.html?_r=0

Copyright 2013 The New York Times. All rights reserved.

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