esterday when the Schott Foundation released its biennial report about the education of black and Latino males, the foundation’s president and CEO made a dire prediction. John H. Jackson told the AP that it would take 50 years for black males to close the national 26 percent high school graduation gap with white males. If he’s right, the timeline is much longer in New York State and New York City, which have among the worst high school graduation rates for black males in the country, according to the report.
In New York State, only 37 percent of black males graduated from high school during the 2009-10 school year, the report found. While that’s a 12 percent improvement over the 2007-08 school year, the improvement only closed the black-white graduation gap by 1 percent.
New York City’s track record of graduating black males is even worse. Only 28 percent finished high school that year, making the district the seventh worst in the nation. The Schott Foundation recorded no improvement in the graduation rate of NYC’s black males since the 2007-08 school year.
By comparison, the best performing districts in America — Newark, New Jersey and Montgomery County, Maryland — graduated black males at a rate of 74 percent. Why do you believe New York State and New York City perform so much more poorly than other states and districts?