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Florida’s Race-Based Goals for students Spark Debate

The board went on to adopt the item Padget had highlighted: reading and math goals for students that varied by race, among other categories. Ever since, Florida has been embroiled in a debate about the message sent by its new race-based academic targets, which are lower for black and Hispanic students than for other children. The state, for example, wants 90 percent of its Asian students, 88 percent of its white students, 81 percent of its Hispanic students and 74 percent of its black students reading well by 2018.