Yes We Can: The 2010 Schott 50 State Report on Black Males in Public Education, reveals that there are indeed communities, school districts and even states doing relatively well in their efforts to systemically enhance the opportunity to learn and raise the achievement levels for Black male students. However, Yes We Can also highlights that the overwhelming majority of U.S. school districts and states are failing to make targeted investments to provide the core resources necessary to extend what works for Black male students. Thus, in the majority of U.S. states, districts, communities, and schools, the conditions necessary for Black males to systemically succeed in education do not exist. Unfortunately, today’s data indicates that a Black male student who manages to achieve high school graduation speaks more for that individual’s ability than for benefits he may have received from the system. In fact that data indicates that most systems contribute to the conditions in which Black males have nearly as great a chance of being incarcerated as graduating.
Yes We Can: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males