New study finds Black male high school graduation rates trail Whites nearly 30 percent

Only 52 percent of Black males and 58 percent of Latino males who graduated in 2010 received high school diplomas compared to 78 percent of their White male counterparts says the latest study released last week by the Schott Foundation for Public Education. Although the study shows an increase in graduation rates for young men of color since 2001-02, the disparity between them and their white peers remains vast. At this rate, it would take nearly 50 years for Black males to achieve the same high school graduation rates as their White male counterparts.

Of the states with the largest Black enrollments, North Carolina, Maryland, and California have the highest graduation rates for Black males, while New York, Illinois and Florida have the lowest. Arizona and Minnesota were the only states amongst the top ten ranked states, in graduation rates, with over 10,000 Black males enrolled.

“We have a responsibility to provide future generations of Americans with the education and the skills needed to thrive in communities, the job market and the global economy. Yet, too many Black and Latino young boys and men are being pushed out and locked out of the U.S. education system or find themselves unable to compete in a 21st Century economy upon graduating,” said John H. Jackson, president and CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education. “These graduation rates are not indicative of a character flaw in the young men, but rather evidence of an unconscionable level of willful neglect, unequal resource allocation by federal, state and local entities and the indifference of too many elected and community leaders. It’s time for a support-based reform movement.”

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