The Urgency of Now

For nearly a decade, the Schott Foundation for Public Education has published
data on the outcomes for Black males in public education. During that period, there has definitely been an increased awareness of the issues and opportunities confronting Black males. There have been more national, state and local commissions formed, philanthropic dollars invested, programs developed and documentaries produced — all of which we view as worthy investments. Without these, it is very unlikely that any progress would have been made over the past decade.

However, if we are to be totally honest, the necessary systemic reforms and investments to significantly improve Black males’ outcomes and to provide them with a fair and substantive opportunity to learn have come at a painstakingly slow pace or not at all.

The Urgency of Now: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males data indicate nationally the gap between the Black and White male graduation rate has only decreased three percentage points in the last 10 years. At this rate of progress, with no “large scale” systemic intervention, it would take another 50 years to close the graduation gap between Black males and their White male counterparts.
Click here to read the full 2012 report by The Schott Foundation

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