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Racial Achievement Gap Costs Oregon $2 Billion a Year, Study Says

If Oregon’s public schools managed to elevate Latino, African American and Native American students to the same level of academic achievement as white students, Oregonians of all backgrounds would be more prosperous, a new study says. Economists at consulting firm ECONorthwest estimate that Oregon’s economy would be nearly $2 billion bigger if all working-age Oregonians who came through the state’s public schools had been educated to the same level that white students are.