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photoFifty years after the desegregation of American schools, the black/ white achievement gap in school performance still looms. A new book argues that the fixation with school reform and testing overlooks the real problem: poverty, and all the conditions that come with it.

On Point looks at social class and the academic achievement gap.

Guests:

Richard Rothstein, research associate at the Economic Policy Institute and author of "Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic, and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap"

Krista Kafer, senior policy analyst for Education at the Heritage Foundation.

This program aired on May 20, 2004.

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