Although the students involved in this case represent many ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds and geographies, it's worth noting that Debose is an African-American who attends school in Oakland, California. Why does that matter? Because today in California, African-American and Latino students are far more likely to be stuck in classrooms with ineffective teachers. In the Los Angeles Unified School District, African-American students are 43 percent more likely than white students to be taught by a teacher in the bottom 5 percent of effectiveness, according to testimony in the case delivered by Thomas Kane, of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Latino students are 68 percent more likely.