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State gets D grade on work for racial equity

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A coalition of community groups says the state legislature get a D grade for their work on racial equity.

A new report released Monday reviews the legislature's performance in the 2011 and 2012 sessions on racial and economic equality, focusing on topics like education, health, and criminal justice.

They also say 41 percent of the legislators failed on their report card.

"We need to make sure that we get those grades up and our legislators start listening to our communities of color and start doing better as far as passing bills that promote racial equality," said Jazmin Santacruz.

The group's agenda includes policy recommendations to close the racial gap. The group held meetings to discuss the report in four other cities Monday.

A similar meeting will happen Monday night in Pasco in the building next to the Court Street post office at 6pm.