The Schott 50 State Report: The Mis-Education of the Black Male Child

Public education for inner city children of color is in a state of crisis, and has been for some time. To address the need for information on this issue, the Schott Foundation for Public Education, a public interest group with a focus on improving public schools in Massachusetts and New York, has developed an outstanding website named Black Boys that provides “parents, educators, media, policymakers, elected officials—and anyone who cares about education and equity—with direct access to important, alarming data on the devastating reality of education for Black males across all 50 states.”

The site is built around the 2008 edition of Schott’s 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males. The Executive Summary of the Report lays out the issues:

(Our 2008 report), Given Half a Chance: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males, details the drastic range of outcomes for Black males, especially the tragic results in many of the nation’s biggest cities.

Given Half a Chance also deliberately highlights the resource disparities that exist in schools attended by Black males and their White, non-Hispanic counterparts. The 2008 Schott report documents that states and most districts with large Black enrollments educate their White, non-Hispanic children, but do not similarly educate the majority of their Black male students. Key examples:

✦ More than half of Black males did not receive diplomas with their cohort in 2005/2006.

✦ The state of New York has 3 of the 10 districts with the lowest graduation rates for Black males.

✦ The one million Black male students enrolled in the New York, Florida, and Georgia public schools are twice as likely not to graduate with their class as to do so.

✦ Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, South Carolina, and Wisconsin graduated fewer Black males with their peer group than the national average.

✦ Nevada and Florida graduated less than a third of their Black male students on schedule.

✦ Illinois and Wisconsin have nearly 40-point gaps between how effectively they educate their Black and White non-Hispanic male students.

One of the things that makes this site so useful is, it provides a state of the art way to drill down to educational information and data about particular states. The webmasters deserve a lot of credit for the way they “architected” the site, to use a techie term.

Source: the Schott Foundation for Public Education,

But even more that that, Black Boys shows in chilling detail how poorly black males are performing in our public schools. The site is not just informational; it’s stark presentation of the issues is motivational. I highly recommend that you give it a look.