Florida Board of Ed Approves Race-Based Plan

Friday, October 12, 2012


Florida's Board of Education recently approved a state-wide, race-based strategic plan around educational attainment outcomes. The board expects 90% of Asian American students to be at or above grade level in reading by 2018. It expects whites to be at 88%, Latinos at 81% and African Americans at 74%.


In math, the plan calls for 92% of Asian American students to be scoring at or above grade level, whites at 86%, Latino students at 80%, and black students at 74%.


Other groups were included in the plan -- with English language learners, disabled students, and economically challenged students all under 80% of grade-level reading by 2018.


The decision has prompted a surge of criticism from groups such as the Urban League, parents, and even a dissenting Florida Board of Ed member.



Cheryl Etters, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Education, said the numbers are meant to set "realistic and attainable" goals: "of course we want every student to be successful," Etters said. "But we do have to take into account their starting point," the Sun-Sentinel reports.


Is this an example of the model minority myth negatively impacting policy decisions, or pitting Asian Americans against other groups? What does this mean for the APIA community, which still has substantial disparities around educational access and achievement, especially when broken down by ethnicity (see infographic by the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice below)? Is anyone else reminded of the controversial "Affirmative Action bake sales" organized on many college campuses?


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Source: USAToday, Sun-Sentinel, and Today's THV