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Jahonna Lipscomb, a senior at Brashear High School, is president of the African American Centers for Advanced Studies Executive Council. As a Black girl, she feels pressure to work harder than other students to get the same recognition. (Photo by Aaron Warnick/PublicSource)

Can Pittsburgh’s schools learn anything from Fort Lauderdale?

The county-wide Florida district is among the nation’s largest, with about as many second graders as Pittsburgh has total students, and they’re more diverse, with students of varying cultures attending its more than 200 campuses.

But Broward County Public Schools saw the same problem we have here in Pittsburgh: An unmistakable underrepresentation of minority students considered to be “gifted.”

More than a decade ago, the Florida district mapped students identified as gifted and found that in the more affluent areas, tons of kids seemed to make the cut. In the less affluent section, with larger Black and Hispanic populations, not so much.



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