We turn now to a big story in education. Think of all the American presidents in your lifetime who said their goal is a quality education for every American. Well tonight there is new evidence this country is falling far short dangerously short in just a number of Americans graduating from high school.
The one number that jumps off the page is this one. Only 47% of this nation’s black male graduated from high school in the 07, 08 year. Again that’s just one number, it’s a crisis big enough to trigger real fears of two separate American societies. Those with an education, and those without.
Our report tonight from our education correspondent Rehema Ellis.
Rehema: More than half the nation’s black male students will not graduate from high school, according to report by the [SHOT 00:00:53] Foundation. A non partisan agency that tracks public school performance. Among the worst performing public school districts with large black male populations, New York City in Philadelphia graduated only 28% of black male students in 2008.
In Broward County Florida, the number was 39%, Chicago 44%, and Nashville Tennessee 47%. Far below 78%, the nationwide graduation rate for all public school students and 98% for private school students. The studies author argues it’s not a matter of race, but resources.
When you look at the data, and you look at the number of white males who are in poorly resource districts, like Detroit. You’ll find that the graduation rate for white males in only 19%.
Rehema: The study emphasizes black males are less likely to have access to early education. Highly effective teachers, and resources like tutors and well staff libraries.
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