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Department of Education recognizes reality

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I ran into this at orientation. You have a list of ethnicities and you’re supposed to check one. I left it blank as usual.

As immigration and intermarriage are redefining race across the country, a growing number of people who cannot easily place themselves in one category have become increasingly frustrated with having to do so. The 2000 census allowed people to circle multiple racial categories; 2.4 percent did so.

With its proposal, the Education Department is also seeking to capture that population. But the move raises intriguing questions on how educational progress among different racial groups will be monitored, and how the new categories may skew long-term studies of the racial achievement gap.


Proposal Adds Options for Students to Specify Race

MicSpics of the world unite.

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