Today the Schott Foundation for Public Education (OTL's parent organization) released "Black Lives Matter," the 2015 installment of its biennial 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males.
For too long, Black men in America have been cast in a negative light that fails to acknowledge their actual contributions to their families and communities and to our national democracy and economy. There are over two million Black male college graduates and over one million more enrolled in college today. Black households dedicate 25 percent more of their income to charity than white households, and Black men comprise one of the largest percentages of American veterans.
Despite all this, the 2015 report illustrates the inexcusable degree to which Black male students are neglected by our nation's inequitable public education system.
The report's latest estimates for national public high school graduation rates are 59 percent for Black male students, 65 percent for Latino males, and 80 percent for White, non-Latino males. The gap between Black and White male students increased from 19 percentage points in the 2009-2010 school year to an estimated 21 percentage points in the 2012-2013 school year.
Schott’s biennial report series chronicles the hurdles and systemic challenges in the national education system that result in frustrating, racially identifiable gaps in graduation rates, including disparities in school discipline and inequitable school supports. Hopefully states and cities will use this report to address these gaps and provide all students with a high quality opportunity to learn.
You can download the new report here. Below are sample social media posts you can use to share the report as well as a short accompanying video.
Sample Social Media Posts
Black men are assets to nat. economy but we don't invest in education as if #BlackLivesMatter. @SchottFound report: http://bit.ly/1KH1vaL
Nat. graduation rate for Black boys is 59% vs 80% for White boys. New report from @SchottFound: http://bit.ly/1KH1vaL #BlackLivesMatter
#BlackLivesMatter when black students have same opportunities in school. @SchottFound shows we have a long way to go: http://bit.ly/1KH1vaL
As part of #BlackLivesMatter movement, we must confront inequalities in our public schools. New @SchottFound report: http://bit.ly/1KH1vaL
Black-White gap in boys' high school graduation rate has increased. Important new report from @SchottFound http://bit.ly/1KH1vaL #BlackLivesMatter