A "trust gap" that begins in middle school may render students less likely to attend college, even if they succeed academically, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin.

The research, published in the journal Child Development, focuses on middle school students of color who lose trust in their teachers due to perceptions of mistreatment from school authorities.

Researchers said low expectations from teachers, couple with wide-ranging differences in discipline for misbehavior, contribute to the disproportionate mistreatment of African American and Latino youths in schools across the United States. When these students perceive and experience such biases,...

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