Legislators are more likely to enact education reforms when white students, as opposed to black students, are failing, a recently released study suggests, the Huffington Post reports. The research, titled “The Political Foundations of the Black-White Education Achievement Gap,” found that state legislators rarely enact reforms when white students are achieving, even if black students are not; it is only when white students begin failing that legislative action is taken. In this case, the achievement gap is defined as the persistent discrepancies in measures of school performance between black and white students, whereby white...

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