Official Apologizes for Black Student Meeting on Test Scores

AP, April 19, 2008

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Gloria Hernandez, educational services director for the Rio Linda School District, said Friday that the district offered “sincere apologies to all students and families who were offended” by principal Jana Fields’ decision to convene a meeting of fourth, fifth and sixth grade black students to discuss their test scores.

One parent, Marie Townsend, says Fields should have met with all students, regardless of race, who were performing poorly on state tests rather than singling out blacks.

A meeting that Fields planned to have with Hispanic students to discuss their test scores has been canceled.

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