A new report on the graduation rate of black males from America’s high schools paints a dispiriting picture. The “Yes We Can, The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males” says only 47 percent of black males graduate from high school.
The report cites the best states for graduating black males; none are in the South. The only state with significant black male enrollment and a greater than 65 percent black male graduation rate is New Jersey.
The report lists the 10 worst performing states for black males. They are New York, Florida, South Carolina, Louisiana Nebraska, Ohio, District of Columbia, Indiana, Alabama and Georgia.
The report notes that black males can succeed in school, pointing to the achievements of the schools in New York City’s Harlem Children’s Zone, Maryland’s Montgomery and Baltimore counties, Fort Bend, Texas, and the U.S. Department of Defense system.
The report also counts two Georgia school districts among the Ten Best Performing Large Districts for Black Males. Gwinnett ranks fifth and Cobb ranks eighth. Fulton ranks 14th, while DeKalb ranks 20th. Clayton ranks 34th and Atlanta ranks 40th.
“Currently, the rate at which black males are being pushed out of school and into the pipeline to prison far exceeds the rate at which they are graduating and reaching high levels of academic achievement,” said John H. Jackson, president and CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education. “It is not enough to focus on saving the few. We must focus on systemic change to provide all our children the opportunity to learn.”
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