A new survey suggests that President Obama's victory last November had a positive effect not just on the academic expectations of black Americans; it might have raised parents' interests in volunteerism as well, USA Today reports. The "Obama Effect," documented last winter, showed that Obama's rise during the 2008 presidential election helped improve African Americans' performance on skills tests, which helped narrow a black-white achievement gap. In the new findings, African-American parents of children in K-12 schools say they're much more likely to volunteer in a classroom this fall, in effect narrowing a volunteering gap. The survey, being released Aug.


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