Students at a public school in Richmond, Texas are among a wave of students who say they are being discriminated against in the state’s education system.
More than 60% of students say they were excluded from a range of programs, and the state says the issue is “unresolved”.
The problem is not new.
The Education Department reported in 2016 that the state has the highest proportion of public school students in the country.
But a study released in 2017 by the Institute of Education Sciences at the University of Southern California, found the situation worsened.
“We were very surprised at how bad the situation was for African American students,” said David Matson, a senior researcher who wrote the study.
“I think there’s an assumption that this is the norm in education, and it’s not.
And there are lots of students and families in this situation.”
The report found African American, Native American and Asian students are at the bottom of state assessments.
It also found that African American and Native American students who had a parent enrolled in a private school received less attention, but more money.
In one of the schools, it found more than 80% of African American children and 65% of Native American children were given more than half the money for school meals.
“You can look at this situation and say it’s a good situation,” said Matson.
“But it’s still not right.”
But the Education Department has made some progress in recent years, including the opening of new public schools and opening up special education and other programs.
The governor’s office has made progress, too, including more funding for schools in poorer communities.
But for students like Lavinia Smith, the problem isn’t just with public schools.
She said she was disappointed that the school where she attends school has not made it into the state lottery.
“If you’re black, you’re in this community, you know what’s happening.
We are not getting any help,” she said.
She and other students say there are still gaps in resources and a lack of diversity in the education system in her city of Richmond.
“The way I look at it, the government’s got to step in,” Smith said.
“There needs to be a real systemic change in the way we do things.
I want to see that happen.”ABC/wires