Study: Westchester’s minority students get short-changed in math, science

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A new study says minority students are getting short-changed in Westchester when it comes to access to critical math and science courses.

The study was done by The Education Trust-New York.

The study heavily focused on Yonkers, claiming middle school white students are four times more likely to be enrolled in algebra I than African-American students and 6.2 times more likely to be enrolled than Latino students. White students at Yonkers high schools are 1.8 times more likely to be enrolled in calculus as black students and nearly two times as likely to be enrolled as Latino students.

News 12 took the study to Yonkers School Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada, who dismissed the study when it comes to his school. He says his district is made up of 58 percent Latino students, many of them immigrants, and 19 percent are African-American. Quezada says the graduation rates are soaring.

"We graduated last year over 80 percent of our students on time. You don’t see that in any urban community,” he says.

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