*With minority students continuing to lag in educational achievement, the federal government has targeted the nation’s second largest public school system for wide-ranging reforms.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Education announced that, after a 19-month civil rights investigation, they found that the Los Angeles Unified School District was failing to provide equal education to English-learners and Black students. In turn, this systemic failure has resulted in widespread academic disparities in the nation’s second largest school district, they said.

In the district, only 32 percent of Black students ranked as proficient in English and 9 percent in math, while only 5 percent of high school English language learners ranked as proficient in the two subjects, according to the schools’ 2009-10 report card.

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