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Reality Check 2006: Issue No. 2 - How Black and Hispanic Families Rate Their Schools

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The second in a series of Reality Check reports finds that black and Hispanic students are more likely than their white counterparts to report "very serious" problems in their schools on both academic and social dimensions. Three in 10 black youngsters report very serious levels of disruption and unrest in their schools -- not just "somewhat serious," but "very serious." Black students are twice as likely as white students to say that schools not getting enough money is a very serious problem in their community. Nearly a third of black and Hispanic youngsters say that "only some" or "very few" of their teachers give students extra help when they fall behind, compared with one in five white students.