Manchester panel takes up findings of civil rights panel on minority students
The occasion was the first meeting of the school board’s newly formed Committee on the Office for Civil Rights. The OCR is the federal Department of Education agency that is reviewing the district’s treatment of minorities after finding that black and Hispanic students were “disproportionately under-enrolled” in advanced high school courses.
Over the past three years, Asian students have held about 12 percent of AP seats, while making up 5 percent of the total high school student body.
Several people at the meeting stressed that parsing the numbers obscured the larger point — that not enough is being done to increase the participation of black and Hispanic students in college-track programs.
Superintendent Debra Livingston said the main focus of the district’s efforts would be to make minority students more aware of college-track opportunities and courses.
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