"We must spend more to close the racial gap in test scores."
Actually, it seems to me we are closing the gap wonderfully... not by raising the level of the underachievers, but rather by 'dumbing down' the public education we provide to our best and brightest so they move toward the lower achievement levels. Soon, everyone will be equal... Equally ignorant... Woo Hoo!
Of course, this current course is suicidal for our society as a whole, but makes life much easier for the "education" establishment.