The Crisis of Low Expectations for College-Bound Black Students

A study by Brian Perkins, a professor of education law at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, found that nearly one quarter of the teachers at public high schools in urban areas say that most students at their school would not be successful at either a community college or a four-year institution of higher education. The study, published by the National School Board Association, found that white teachers were more likely than black teachers to have given up hope that their students would succeed in college. More than 4,700 teachers in 10 states were surveyed.

Only 7 percent of the administrators at public high schools in urban areas believed that the students in their school could not succeed in college.

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