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Published on May 13, 2009
Lou Dobbs Tonight -- CNN -- May 12, 2009 // Lisa Sylvester: According to testimony at a House hearing, the problem is especially prevalent in minority communities. Only 55 percent of black students graduate on time, 52 percent of Hispanics, 78 percent of white students. That's a drag on U.S. competitiveness. The organization for Economic Cooperation and Development ranks the United States 18th in reading and 28th in Math in international education rankings. Lou Dobbs: It's simply inexcusable that this country has tolerated what we've been reporting here now, Lisa, as you know very well since you've been doing much of that reporting. [...] Sylvester: Yeah, Lou, and this is something that we see again and again year after year after year that for minority students, it's a 50/50 proposition whether they are going to be able to graduate from high school and that has repercussions on our economy, on what it means in terms of competitiveness when we talk about globalization, so this is -- really is a problem that we have to get a fix on. Note: Regardless of what reviewers say about his book, Richard Rothstein told C-SPAN viewers that schools can do very little to raise test scores among minorities.