Most Black Teenage Boys Fail to Graduate in Georgia

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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.

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