Official Apologizes For Black Student Meeting On Test Scores

RIO LINDA, Calif. (AP) - A Sacramento area school official has issued an apology after an elementary school principal summoned black students to a meeting to urge them to improve their test scores.

Gloria Hernandez, educational services director for the Rio Linda School District, said Friday that the district offered "sincere apologies to all students and families who were offended" by principal Jana Fields' decision to convene a meeting of fourth, fifth and sixth grade black students to discuss their test scores.

One parent, Marie Townsend, says Fields should have met with all
students, regardless of race, who were performing poorly on state
tests rather than singling out blacks.

A meeting that Fields planned to have with Hispanic students to discuss their test scores has been canceled.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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