The minority community is facing another
looming crisis in education. Starting with the class of 2004 students
will not receive a diploma if they don't pass the California high school
According to a story in the June 8th edition of the Los Angeles Times,
"only 32% of students in the state's lowest-performing schools passed
the English test, and just 8% passed the math test." The means that over
90% of minority students failed the math portion of this soon to be mandatory
examination required for High School graduation.
To facilitate community awareness of this coming calamity, Michael Batie
will ride his bicycle across a portion of the United States from Los Angeles,
California to Galveston, Texas. By meeting and interacting with concerned
citizens along the way it is hoped that communities will mobilize to address
this pressing problem of math literacy and competency among minority students.
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