The Register has this editorial on the achievement "gulf" in Iowa schools:
"The 2008 Legislature should make sure schools have funding to provide individual [tutoring] help daily, not when a child is months or years behind. . . . To see why, look at eighth grade . . . . . White students had the highest percentage at 75.2. But African-American students again performed worst, with only 44.4 percent scoring as proficient. . . . . In other words, less than half of Iowa's black youngsters are able to read reasonably well in middle school. That appalling statistic alone should push all Iowans - parents, educators, anyone who cares about kids and the state's future - to action."
The full editorial is here.