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Topic - Dennis Kramer
A number of states struggling with vast racial achievement gaps in schools may have found a way around the problem: Lump blacks and Hispanics with handicapped and poor children.
"high-needs students. It's a systematic way for us to capture the students that need the most help academically without any bias to subgroups," said Dennis Kramer, federal policy and research analyst with the Georgia Department of Education. "We do not want to assume that every student who is African-American is a disadvantaged student. We also have a number of low-achieving white students."
"We've made a very conscious effort to reach out to the NAACP in Georgia, and a lot of other advocacy groups, to look at how this might be perceived," Mr. Kramer said. "All of those groups have signed off on our waiver."