What's Stopping Black Students' Success

Experts explain that poor teachers and barriers to resources fuel an academic achievement gap.

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Less than a third of high schools with mostly African-American and Hispanic students offer calculus, and only 40 percent offer physics, according to the Civil Rights Data Collection report.

Ultimately, the achievement gap boils down to whether schools and families like those in New York City are willing to break the status quo and fight for the prioritization of competitive education for black and brown children -- but at the moment, there doesn't seem to be a deadline for that.

Chancellor Dennis Walcott was contacted for comment but did not respond at press time.

Hillary Crosley is the New York bureau chief at The Root. Follow her on Twitter.

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