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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.


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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