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Must-Read: How School Choice Helps Black Students

Numbers don’t lie, and Washington Examiner columnist Jason Russell has laid out some numbers demonstrating the superior quality of education that charter schools give to students in the black community.

It’s a must-read for people who want a data driven argument for how and why school choice works.

Here’s a quick preview:

Traditional public schools fail black students in many ways. For example, look at the portion of black fourth-graders proficient in reading: just 16 percent nationwide. More than twice as many white and Asian students are proficient.

In math, it’s the same story: 17 percent of black students are proficient, with 41 percent of white and Asian students proficient. Sadly, these numbers deteriorate by the time students get to eighth grade.

Prefaced by those numbers, it will come as no surprise that most black students are not ready for college. Only 15 percent of the black students who took the SAT in the class of 2014 scored high enough to reach the college and career readiness benchmark. On the ACT, only 11 percent of black students were college-ready in three out of four benchmark areas.

So there’s the problem. Now see why school choice provides the most effective solution to under-education in minority communities in the full column here.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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