Education Gap Between Rich and Poor Is Growing Wider

Photo Liz Niehaus, a kindergarten teacher, talks with her students at KIPP Thrive Academy in Newark. KIPP schools are among the most successful in improving educational outcomes among the poor. Credit Mel Evans/Associated Press The wounds of segregation were still raw in the 1970s. With only rare exceptions, African-American children had nowhere near the same educational opportunities as whites.

The civil rights movement, school desegregation and the War on Poverty helped bring a measure of equity to the playing field. Today, despite some setbacks along the way, racial disparities in education have narrowed significantly. By 2012, the test-score deficit of […]