Only 47 percent of African-American male students graduated from high school during the 2007-08 schoolyear, according to a report from the Schott Foundation for Public Education.
The report is called Yes We Can: The 2010 Schott 50 State Report on Black Males in Public Education . It ranks all 50 states by black male graduation rates. Georgia is 10th from the bottom with a graduation rate of 43% for black teenage boys. In contrast, the graduation rate for white teenage boys is 62%.
There is some positive news. Gwinnett County is rated as one of the best school districts, where 58% of black males graduated. Here are the numbers from some other Georgia school systems examined in this study:
- Cobb County 51%
- Fulton County 45%
- DeKalb County 46%
- Clayton county 37%
- Atlanta 34%
- Chatham County 29%
- Richmond County 31%
Check out the full report, which also looks at solutions such as universal preschool and standards-based education programs.