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    To avoid rigid tracks, students should be able to petition to take an honors class that they are not recommended for by their teacher. Our school district does this. Getting rid of honors classes entirely is a bad idea.

    To Increase Equity, School Districts Eliminate Honors Classes. Supporters say uniform classes create rigor for all students but critics say cuts hurt faster learners
    By Sara Randazzo
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    Feb. 17, 2023
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    CULVER CITY, Calif.—A group of parents stepped to the lectern Tuesday night at a school board meeting in this middle-class, Los Angeles-area city to push back against a racial-equity initiative. The high school, they argued, should reinstate honors English classes that were eliminated because they didn’t enroll enough Black and Latino students.

    The district earlier this school year replaced the honors classes at Culver City High School with uniform courses that officials say will ensure students of all races receive an equal, rigorous education.

    These parents disagreed.

    “We really feel equity means offering opportunities to students of diverse backgrounds, not taking away opportunities for advanced education and study,” Joanna Schaenman, a Culver City parent who helped spearhead the effort, said in the run-up to the meeting.

    The parental pushback in Culver City mirrors resistance that has taken place in Wisconsin, Rhode Island and elsewhere in California over the last year in response to schools stripping away the honors designation on some high school classes.

    School districts doing away with honors classes argue students who don’t take those classes from a young age start to see themselves in a different tier, and come to think they aren’t capable of enrolling in Advanced Placement classes that help with college admissions. Black and Latino students are underrepresented in AP enrollment in the majority of states, according to the Education Trust, a nonprofit that studies equity in education.

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    Originally Posted by Bostonian
    To avoid rigid tracks, students should be able to petition to take an honors class that they are not recommended for by their teacher. Our school district does this. Getting rid of honors classes entirely is a bad idea.

    To Increase Equity, School Districts Eliminate Honors Classes. Supporters say uniform classes create rigor for all students but critics say cuts hurt faster learners
    By Sara Randazzo
    Wall Street Journal
    Feb. 17, 2023
    archived

    CULVER CITY, Calif.—A group of parents stepped to the lectern Tuesday night at a school board meeting in this middle-class, Los Angeles-area city to push back against a racial-equity initiative. The high school, they argued, should reinstate honors English classes that were eliminated because they didn’t enroll enough Black and Latino students.

    “We really feel equity means offering opportunities to students of diverse backgrounds, not taking away opportunities for advanced education and study,” Joanna Schaenman, a Culver City parent who helped spearhead the effort, said in the run-up to the meeting.
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    I agree with you @Bostonian. By the same token, would anyone think it appropriate to close down athletics programs if there aren’t enough Caucasians & Asians enrolled? Would we perhaps then see a wider ethnic representation at Olympic track sprint finals?


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