Few issues have been as volatile in North Carolina the past couple years as the “achievement gap,” the politically-correct, guilt-tripping phrase nonwhite activists have used to describe the persistent much-lower test scores and other school performance by blacks and (now) Hispanics in this state.  But now new studies by the schools make undeniable that poverty doesn’t explain it.
   A new study in the Greensboro-area school system finds even the poorest white kids there do better than even the most-affluent black students there.  White kids from households with under-$20,000 income (about a cleaning lady in this state without a working husband) still do better on the College Board tests than black kids from families with $70,000 incomes (Dad and Mom both teachers, or Dad an engineer and Mom a stay-at-home housewife).
   One would think that the income advantages of Dad and Mom both teachers or Dad an engineer would also reflect educational advantages of parents and thus their emphasis on their kid’s education.  But it’s not reflected in affluent black kids from such homes doing better than the poorest white kids of the least-educated white parents.
   It’s time for someone to get truthful about the “achievement gap.” 

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