February 15, 2015

Black Lives Matter: Schott's New Report on Public Education and Black Males

The Schott Foundation for Public Education is releasing "Black Lives Matter," the 2015 installment of our biennial 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males.

For too long, Black men in America have been cast in a negative light that fails to acknowledge their actual contributions to their families and communities and to our national democracy and economy. There are over two million Black male college graduates and over one million more enrolled in college today. Black households dedicate 25 percent more of their income to charity than white households, and Black men comprise one of the largest percentages of American veterans.

Despite all this, Schott's 2015 report illustrates how Black male students are too often neglected in our country's inequitable public education system.

The report's latest estimates for national public high school graduation rates are 59 percent for Black male students, 65 percent for Latino males, and 80 percent for White, non-Latino males. The gap between Black and White male students increased from 19 percentage points in the 2009-2010 school year to an estimated 21 percentage points in the 2012-2013 school year.

Schott’s biennial report series chronicles the hurdles and systemic challenges in the national education system that result in frustrating, racially identifiable gaps in graduation rates, including disparities in school discipline and inequitable school supports. We hope that states and cities will use this report to address these gaps and provide all students with a high quality opportunity to learn.

You can download the new report here.

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