Study: Minority, Low-Income Students Lack Adequate Access to Educational Opportunities

Low-income, African-American and Hispanic students continue to face significant disparities in access to quality educational opportunities and resources at the K-12 level — including access to services critical for college success, new data from the U.S. Department of Education show.

The study sample of 7,000 school districts and more than 72,000 schools in the Civil Rights Data Collection says many students have uneven or poor access to rigorous courses at many schools.

“Despite the best efforts of America’s educators to bring greater equity to our schools, too many children — especially low-income and minority children — are still denied the educational opportunities they need to succeed,” Russlynn Ali, U.S. assistant secretary of education for civil rights, says in a news statement.

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