(Asheville Citizen Times) City schools need help from society as a whole — and city government in particular — to better address the achievement gap between white and African American students.
That’s the message school board members gave City Council at a joint meeting of the two bodies Tuesday at Hall Fletcher Elementary School in West Asheville.
Shifts in the economy, concentrations of poverty, a shortage of good role models and a shortage of job prospects are among the factors that make it more difficult for schools to improve student performance, board members said.
“I think we’re doing all we can possibly do, but the outside factors are giving us a fit,” said board Vice Chairman Al Whitesides.
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