Study shows race impacts health access, education for minority students in California

Latino, African and Native American students lag

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A new study shows that African American, Latino and Native American students lag behind White and Asian students when it comes to health care access and education opportunities. 

The "Race for Results: Building a Path for Opportunity for All Children"   report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation reveals how children are progressing compared with their ethnicity. 

"Only Asian and Pacific Islanders are above 50 percent and African American, Latino and American Indian children are lagging far behind in reading proficiently in 4th grade," said Nonet Sykes from Annie E. Casey Foundation. 

The report also highlights the success of adults. According to the report, white children are twice as likely to get their associate degrees than African American children while Asian children are three times more likely than Latinos. 

"Right now the statistics are very clear that African American children are among the lowest achievers in the Bakersfield City School District," said Irma Carson with the Ebony Counseling Foundation. 
 
The Dolores Huerta Foundation is seeing the same with the local Latino population. 
 
"Their is a cultural barrier where parents don't understand how schools in the united states work," said Camila Chavez from the Dolores Huerta Foundation.
 
Each of these groups are pushing for parent involvement in hopes of building successful students. 
 
"Parents are important they are an intricate part of learning for their children. Teachers are to teach but parents have to be supportive," Carson said. 
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