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Minority kids don’t fare as well as whites in Utah

First Published Mar 31 2014 11:13PM      Last Updated Mar 31 2014 11:20 pm

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Northwest Middle School principal Brian Conley speaks with Fathi Mohamud, 13, at the school where 87% of the student body is of color. The Salt Lake City school has had three years of academic growth and on Thursday will host U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The school gives teachers performance pay based on student achievement and growth and has created a culture where it's cool to be smart.
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For instance, the state has more than twice as many poor white children as the next largest group, Hispanics and Latinos.

More than a third of white Utah children, 223,000, live in families with income below $46,500 for a family of four, which is 200 percent of the poverty level.

Some 72 percent of Hispanic or Latino children, or 106,000, live in such families.

"The biggest takeaway [from this study] is the future prosperity of Utah depends on all children having the same opportunity," Haven said.

In one way or another, nearly all the measures of well-being have to do with financial security, Haven said.

"To me, it’s really a poverty issue," said Haven. "We have to deal with poverty."

Martinez agreed. "What we need to do as a state is face these disparities and start to turn this around."


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