Henrico leaders meet to discuss achievement gap

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - School leaders and parents will have a chance to meet and discuss the achievement gap between white and black students in Henrico County Schools.

This is the second time this month leaders are tackling the issue.

A lot of concerned parents packed last weeks meeting — and they'll most likely be at Wednesday evening's meeting too.

This is a big challenge the school system has faced for years, and school officials are trying to curb the trend.

Education leaders will talk about what they need to solve this gap between white and black students.

Some areas they'll focus on include: the graduation rate with advanced diplomas; A.P. test scores; critical reading scores; and other issues that show a huge gap between students of different backgrounds.

Some suggestions at last weeks meeting included: getting parents more involved; letting parents chose where they kids go to school; and actually making the school year longer.

Parents can show up for the meeting at the Henrico Training Center on 7701 E. Parham Road.

The meeting will last from 6:00 to 7:30.

Leaders will most likely discuss the resources available for students in the East End of Henrico compared to others in the West End.

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