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Proposed Legislative Study Seeks to Address Codified Racism
The impacts of racism on Black Coloradans aren’t abstract. Colorado homeownership rates are twice as high for white households compared to Black households. The median wealth for a white family with kids in Colorado is $170,000 compared to $18,000 for Black families. A proposed legislative study seeks to provide equally tangible solutions.
In 2019, the small town of Center, Colo. saw their high school graduation rates drop to the lowest in the state. Now, they’re among the highest. This is a story about how the town’s high school and the Center for High School Success came together, using the 9th Grade Success grant program to help their kids and community get back on-track. The 9th Grade Success grant program is now serving 1,800 students across Colorado, and the data tells us 180 more of those students will graduate as a result of this highly proven, data-driven program. There are 70,104 ninth graders in Colorado. In the 2024 legislative session, state lawmakers have the opportunity help this program reach more of those kids with a data-driven, preventative program that has consistently demonstrated a high return on investment.
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PEOPLE: Nita Gonzales
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