Tue, Aug 17, 2010
Yes We Can
Schott Foundation Releases Fourth State-by-State Data Set Showing an Overwhelming Majority of U.S. School Districts and States Are Failing to Provide the Resources Black Males Need to Close the National Racial Graduation Gap Report Also Highlights Measures Needed to Address This National Crisis
â€śTaken together, the numbers in the Schott Foundation for Public Educationâ€™s report form a nightmarish pictureâ€•one that is all the more frightening for being both true and long-standing,â€ť said Geoffrey Canada, President and CEO of the Harlem Childrenâ€™s Zone, who provided the foreword in the report. â€śThese boys are failing, but I believe that it is the responsibility of the adults around them to turn these trajectories around. All of us must ensure that we level the playing field for the hundreds of thousands of children who are at risk of continuing the cycle of generational poverty. The key to success is EDUCATION.â€ť
â€śIt is not enough to focus on saving the few. We must focus on systemic change to provide all our children the opportunity to learn,â€ť said Dr. John H. Jackson, President and CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education.
Highlights of the reportâ€™s findings include:
â€˘ The five worst performing districts with large Black male student enrollment are New York City, N.Y. (28%); Philadelphia, Pa. (28%); Broward County, Fla. (39%); Chicago, Ill. (44%) and Nashville, Tenn. (47%).
â€˘ The states with Black male student enrollment exceeding 100,000 that have the highest graduation rates for Black male students are New Jersey (69%), Maryland (55%), California (54%) and Pennsylvania (53%).
â€˘ Some states with small populations, such as Maine, North Dakota, New Hampshire and Vermont have graduation rates for Black males higher than the national average for White males.
â€˘ The districts with Black male student enrollment exceeding 10,000 that have highest graduation rates for Black male students are Newark, N.J. (76%); Fort Bend, Texas (68%); Baltimore County, Md. (67%) and Montgomery County, Md. (65%).
â€˘ The districts with the lowest graduation rates for Black male students are Pinellas County, Fla. (21%); Palm Beach County, Fla. (22%); Duval County, Fla. (23%); Charleston County, S.C. (24%) and Buffalo, N.Y. (25%).
â€˘ Dade County, Fla.; Cleveland, Ohio and Detroit, Mich. also have notably low graduation rates for Black male studentsâ€”each at 27 percent.
The report outlines solutionsâ€”listing the â€śConditions for Successâ€ť that are critical for providing a fair and substantive opportunity to learn and the â€śConditions for Failure.â€ť â€śYes We Canâ€ť calls on the federal government and states to ensure that all students have a right to an opportunity to learn, not as a matter of competition or location, but as a civil and human right.
This report is being released in a context of significant critiques of the failed policies that led to this national crisis.
The report concludes: The American educational system is systemically failing Black males.
"By providing these data, we hope to provide educational advocates and policymakers the platform needed to make policy decisions that are educationally sound, not politically feasible. America and its states and communities will not thrive in the 21st century without providing all studentsâ€”including Black malesâ€”a fair and substantive opportunity to learn," said Jackson.
About The Schott Foundation for Public Education Founded in 1991, The Schott Foundation for Public Education seeks to develop and strengthen a broad-based and representative movement to achieve fully resourced high quality preK-12 public education. Web site: www.schottfoundation.org
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