School Days at Prudential High

Rejected job applicants will get a second chance

During the past six years, about 8,000 members of minority groups were turned down for jobs at Prudential Insurance, in part because they could not meet minimal standards for reading or math. Though most were high school graduates, scores of 3 or lower were common on math-competency tests, where the scale runs to 9. Last week Prudential revealed that it was going into the business of remedial education. In a precedent-setting agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor, the company promised to spend an estimated $3 million to offer 260 classroom hours of training...

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