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July 31, 2013

Report says minorities and whites follow unequal college paths

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Currently, 30 percent of African American and Hispanic students who had an A average in high school wind up at community college, compared with 22 percent of whites.

In addition, the report said, more than 111,000 African American and Hispanic students annually graduate in the top half of their high school class but do not earn either a two-year of four-year degree within eight years. If those students had attended one of the top 468 colleges and graduated at rates similar to other students there, 73 percent of them would be college graduates.

"The higher education system is color blind, in theory, but in fact operates, at least in part, as a systematic barrier to opportunity for many blacks and Hispanics, many of whom are college-qualified but tracked into overcrowded and underfunded colleges where they are less likely to develop fully or to graduate," Carnevale said.

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The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

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