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Access to the best possible education is a right all students should possess For some students in Westchester County this right can be harder to achieve than for others This is mainly due to the fact that these children are of minority backgrounds and are the victims of inferior education in both white and minority schools In fact only 63 students of minority heritages participate in Pelham Memorial High School PMHSs honors or Advanced Placement AP programs This number comes out of a total pool of 530 honorsAP students at this predominantly white school in Westchester County Survey of honorsAP teachers at PHMS This percentage of minorities in honorsAP classes less than twelve percent of the honorsAP population is a far cry from the percentage of minorities at PMHS 22 The discrepancies do not end in the Pelham Union Free School District they exist throughout Westchester County where schools primarily comprised of minorities constantly perform poorer than their white counterparts There are numerous reasons for this discrepancy within an educational system that is intended to be nurturing them and lending them every advantage available While there are many people to place fault upon for this disparity every facet of the Westchester educational system can take a piece of the blame for its favoritism towards students of white descent A major reason for the lack of minority students in the honorsAP programs at white high schools such as PMHS is a system called tracking Tracking is a process by which students are separated according to particular measures of intelligence into classes with curriculum deemed suitable for their level of intelligence However this system often creates more problems than it solves as it often favors white students over minority students In many districts course-enrollment patterns inside individual schools replicate this pattern with poor African-American Latino and students who are recent immigrants largely absent from courses that offer access to the higher-level knowledge Wheelock 9 In the
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