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Boston Suspends Some Advanced Level Classes Citing "Racial Inequalities"

On Saturday, officials from Boston Public Schools announced that they’ll suspend advanced courses for students from the fourth through sixth grades.

Their reason? “Racial inequalities.”

Local news outlet, GBH, said the suspension will be effective for one year in order to allow for a re-evaluation of the program.

A series of tweets published by news outlet Breaking911 read:

"JUST IN: Boston Public Schools have suspended advanced classes for grades 4-6, citing racial inequities -GBH News."

"More than 70% of students enrolled in advanced classes were white and Asian"

"80% of students at Boston Public Schools are Black and Hispanic"

"'This is just not acceptable,' school committee member Lorna Rivera said. 'I've never heard these statistics before, and I'm very very disturbed by them.'"

The Post Millennial reported that the advanced course program has been open to all students and admittance to it was based on high test scores followed by a lottery, due to limited spots.

The Superintendent for Boston’s public school system, Brenda Cassellius, said in a statement, "There's been a lot of inequities that have been brought to the light in the pandemic that we have to address. There's a lot of work we have to do in the district to be antiracist and have policies where all of our students have a fair shot at an equitable and excellent education."

The solution to abruptly suspend the program was rightfully met with quick rebuke from Twitter users.

One user said, "So rather than pushing students to excel and do their best, the response from teachers was to hold students back…this will turn out well. Perhaps look at the root cause #parenting#familystructure#culture"