The Urgency of Now: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males, 2012

by Michael Holzman

Sep 1, 2012

The Schott Foundation presents a picture of vast inequality, with black males continuing to be the race/ethnicity-gender group least likely to graduate high school in four years, as they have been since 2004. The report cites the need to address the "pushout" and "lockout" crisis in the education system, suggesting support-based reform and highlighting positive solutions.
  • Only 52 percent of black male and 58 percent of Latino male ninth-graders graduate from high school four years later, compared with 78 percent of white, non-Latino students.
  • The national graduation rate for black males has increased by ten percentage points over the past ten years, yet the education gap has only been narrowed by three percentage points.
  • Among the states with the largest black enrollments, North Carolina (58 percent), Maryland (57 percent), and California (56 percent) have the highest graduation rates for black males, while New York (37 percent), Illinois (47 percent), and Florida (47 percent) have the lowest.
  • Blacks and Latinos face disproportionate rates of out-of-school suspensions and are not consistently receiving sufficient learning time; many who remain in schools are locked out of systems with well-resourced schools.
  • The report recommends ending the rampant use of out-of-school suspensions as a default disciplinary action, expanding learning time and increasing opportunities for a well-rounded education, and conducting a redlining analysis of school funding for equitable resource distribution.