The Obama Effect On Closing The Achievement Gap

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How will President Obama's presence in the White House impact the black-white achievement gap?

Our month-long series, "The Obama Effect," continues with a focus on the president's symbolic and practical influence on accomplishing racial parity in education.

For insight, Tony Cox talks with Jane Waldfogel — professor of social work and public affairs at Columbia University — and Ronald Ferguson, an economist and Senior Research Associate at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy.

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