4/30/2002

Black and Hispanic students account for just 8% of students in Fairfax County Schools' gifted classes, although they represent 25% of the district's enrollment, a report says. Explanations for the disparity vary: some argue that blacks and Hispanics don't think it's cool to be smart, while others say the district doesn't do a good job of identifying gifted students from those groups early on, putting them at a severe disadvantage when they get older.

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