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Urban League, Arkansas, equal opportunities, health, education, jobs, housing


The Urban League of Arkansas partnered with the Center for Business and Economic Research in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas to produce a report providing data to identify twelve key areas of need in the African American and Latino communities in Arkansas and to assist in the development of programs and policies to address them. The twelve indicators are enrollment, expenditure per student, fourth grade literacy and math achievement levels, eighth grade literacy and math achievement levels, disciplinary actions, dropout rates, graduation rates, college going rates, educational attainment for the population over the age of 25, and median income. Data for each of these indicators was collected for whites, African Americans, and Latinos. The data collected for this report is extracted from the Arkansas Department of Education and the U.S. Census Bureau. Data for each of the twelve indicators was collected for ten municipalities of interest identified by the Urban League of Arkansas. These ten municipalities, highlighted in the map below, are: Bentonville, Blytheville, El Dorado, Fort Smith, Helena-West Helena, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Texarkana, and West Memphis.