Is the Boston Public School District Systemically Racist?

Boston Public Schools Suspends Test For Advanced Learning Classes; Concerns About Program’s Racial Inequities Linger
Is the Boston Public School District Systemically Racist?
A selective program for high-performing fourth, fifth and sixth graders in Boston has suspended enrollment due to the pandemic and concerns about equity in the program.

the district will not proceed with the program for new students next year.

"There's a lot of work we have to do in the district to be antiracist and have policies where all of our students have a fair shot at an equitable and excellent education."
A district analysis of the program found that more than 70 percent of students enrolled in the program were white and Asian, even though nearly 80 percent of all Boston public school students are Hispanic and Black.
"This is just not acceptable," Rivera said at a recent school committee meeting. "I've never heard these statistics before, and I'm very very disturbed by them."

The program was open to all students in the Boston Public Schools who took a test known as Terra Nova in the third grade and received a high score. Those students were placed in a lottery conducted by the administration, and lottery winners received letters inviting them to apply to the program. Last fall, 453 students received invitations, 143 students applied and 116 enrolled this year, officials said.

Students in the program have the opportunity to study subjects in greater depth and are offered more schoolwork than the traditional curriculum requires.

Cassellius says interest in the program had declined over several years and only five schools currently offered the program:

What is the solution?
Become an Anti-Racist?
Mandate a quota of 80% Black and Hispanic children in the Advanced classes
Don't rely on parents to submit their children to the program
Eliminate the program completely?
Lower the test score that qualifies a student for the advanced studies?
Fire teachers because kids can't qualify for the test?
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I personally think that the biggest contributor to the disparity in education is the absence of parents in the education process. How can we get the absent parents involved in their children's future? It is not a trivial matter. Many are dealing with drug and alcohol problems. Most are uneducated themselves.

Do we tie their benefits to their children's education somehow? Should it be tied to student attendance and parent attendance in teacher conferences?
Is the Boston Public School District Systemically Racist?
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