Why Suburban Schools Are Inflating Kids’ Grades

Why Suburban Schools Are Inflating Kids’ Grades

Monet Spencer remembers traveling to affluent suburban high schools when she was a member of the marching band at Brashear High School in this city’s low-income, high-crime Beechview neighborhood. The suburban band members’ uniforms were brand new, Spencer noticed—not passed down and worn-out like hers. So were their instruments, unlike the scratched and tarnished castoffs her school loaned her and her bandmates, including the secondhand flute she played. The experience sticks in her mind as a symbol of the gulf between the opportunities she had compared to those enjoyed by…

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