I read your column about America to Me. [We’re not where we need to be … yet, Ken Trainor, Viewpoints, Aug. 22] I’m looking forward to it.

But the achievement gap has not been an issue for a couple decades — more like 36 at least. When I served on the education committee of the 1982 Racial Diversity Task Force, this was the focus of our concern. I think a copy of the report is still at the Oak Park Public Library. I recall there was concern back then about students dividing up by race at lunchtime.

Teresa Powell

Oak Park

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