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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - David M. Foster
Nearly five decades after the end of the Jim Crow era, school boards just can't let go of the race issue. Last month, the Virginia State Board of Education unanimously adopted what it called "annual measurable objectives" that assumed the graduation rate for Asian children would be 14-37 percent higher than whites, Hispanics and blacks.
"These are not expectations for students," said state school board president David M. Foster. "Every student in the commonwealth takes the same [standards of learning] and faces the same passing rate. Every school is judged by the same expectation of passing rate regardless of demographic makeup."