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In Houston’s Gifted Program, Critics Say Blacks And Latinos Are Overlooked : NPR Ed : NPR

Donna Ford, at Vanderbilt University, has been researching gifted education for decades, and when it comes to Houston’s program she says, “I think it’s a clear case of segregation, gifted education being segregated by race and income.”

Houston school leaders asked Ford to take a close look at their enrollment in the program, and she gave it a failing grade. “Racial bias has to be operating, inequities are rampant. Discrimination does exist whether intentional or unintentional,” she told the school board in May of this year.

Ford found that both Hispanic and black students are underrepresented in gifted programs and that black students are missing out the most. She also found that about half the seats in those programs go to higher-income students, even though the majority of the district is poor.