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Protesters outside JCPS meeting want more attention paid to achievement gaps

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - A protest before Monday night's JCPS board meeting called for the district to do something about what they say are growing gaps between students.

The Coalition for Educational Equity says last year just 40 percent of JCPS's Latino students were proficient in math and reading, about 25 percent less than white students.

The group adds that African-American proficiency was only half that of white students.

And just one out of three students from low-income families, according to the group, performed up to grade level.

Protesters say there are a number of steps JCPS can take.

"(With) the hiring of more teachers of color - more black men, more black women, more Latino teachers ... teachers who reflect the students that they serve -  we can really address and examine how we're disciplining our students," Jaison Gardner said.

The group says JCPS must make addressing these gaps in student performance part of its five-year plan called Vision 2020, set to be released in two weeks.

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