of Now: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males,
a new report from the Schott Foundation for Public Education, finds that only
52 percent of Black male and 58 percent of Latino male ninth-graders graduate
from high school four years later, while 78 percent of White, non-Latino male
ninth-graders graduate four years later.
Among the states with the largest Black enrollments, North Carolina (58%), Maryland
(57%), and California (56%) have the highest graduation rates for Black males,
while New York (37%), Illinois (47%) and Florida (47%) have the lowest. Unsurprisingly,
New York, Illinois, and Florida also have some of the most unfair school funding
systems among the 50 states, as the report, "Is
School Funding Fair? A National Report Card," explains.
Among the states with the highest enrollments of Latinos, Arizona (68%), New
Jersey (66%) and California (64%) have the highest graduation rates for Latino
males, while New York (37%), Colorado (46%) and Georgia (52%) have the lowest.
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The Urgency of
Now report urges us to adopt a policy framework that creates opportunity
for all students, strengthens supports for the teaching profession, and strikes
the right balance between support-based reforms and standards-driven reforms.
Without that policy approach, the U.S. will become increasingly unequal and less
competitive in the global economy, the report suggests.
The report also highlights the need to pivot from a standards-driven
reform agenda to a supports-based reform agenda that provides all students
equitable access to the resources critical to successfully achieving high standards:
high quality early education; supports to recruit and retain highly effective
teachers, particularly in the highest need classrooms; college and career preparatory
curricula and equitable instructional resources and policies.
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