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Your March 22 article "Disparities remain in America's schools" is interesting, but Mr. Duncan ignores some basic facts that impact all students. If you look at the out-of-wedlock birth rate for African-Americans it is over 70 percent. Hispanic out-of-wedlock birth rates are also high, and the rate of rates for Caucasians runs about 25 percent. In addition, many of these birth are by teenagers who do not have the maturity, skills or finances to raise these children as single parents, which makes their children ill-prepared to enter preschool or K-12 classes.
I would bet the barn if the U.S. Department of Education looked at their statistics and corrected for these factors, you would find the problems are universal to this social/economic status and not the color of a person's skin.
It does not take a village to raise a child, but it does take a pair of responsible and caring parents. I would also advise Mr. Duncan to look at the U.S. Department of Education he runs. Does Mr. Duncan also mean to say, after decades of operation and spending hundreds of billions of dollars on these educational issues, the U.S. Department of Education has not been able to solve this problem?