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Report: Gaps between Rhode Island's Latino and white students' achievement are among worst in nation

from Providence Journal

Rhode Island's English language learners are facing a crisis. They have some of the lowest scores in the country, and they face some of the nation's largest achievement gaps, according to a study by the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University. "We're not a special population anymore," said Latino Policy Institute director Anna Cano Morales. In Providence, Pawtucket and Central Falls, "we are the population." Latinos are the fastest-growing demographic group in Rhode Island, and they are responsible for all of the state's population growth between 2000 and 2010. The state proportionally has the 13th-largest Latino population in the nation. more

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