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Recently, my 16-year-old daughter tossed aside the newspaper with barely a perceptible shudder after reading the story with the blaring headline: "Blacks Score Below Whites in Pentagon Test."
As far as I can see, the painters have come and gone, probably forever. For years there's been talk of giving our school a major overhauling and, Lord knows, we need it. Our walls and ceilings are a mess, the window frames are literally rotting away, and scores of our "permanent" bolted-down classroom seats are broken or completely gone.
I have now chaired the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for five weeks, and more than one reporter has asked me recently what especially qualifies me for this job. To me, the unique feature in my credentials is that I have lived through that which the EEOC and other civil-rights offices are trying to banish.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)

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