The Spiritual Rights Movement

"Not by might, nor by power but by My Spirit", says the Lord of host.

                                                Zechariah 4:6b




Black Male Student Graduation Report: Gwinnett tops U.S. Ga. Rates LAWRENCEVILLE - A report released earlier this week by the Schott Foundation concludes the American educational system is systematically failing black male students. The study, titled "Yes We Can: The 2010 Schott 50 State Report on Black Males in Public Education," found that the overall graduation rate in 2008 for black males in the United States was 47 percent. Furthermore, half of the states in the country - including Georgia - had graduation rates for black male students below the national average. In Georgia, the 2008 graduation rate for black male students was 43 percent - 19 percentage points below the state's graduation rate for white male students. Nationally, the Schott report found the graduation rate for white males was 78 percent. "The fourth biennial report released by the Schott Foundation for Public Education provides state-by-state data that illustrate which U.S. school districts and states are failing to provide the resources black male students, and all students, need for the opportunity to learn," a news release stated. "Without targeted investments to provide the core, research-proven resources to help black male students succeed in public education, the report concludes, they are being set up to fail." In Gwinnett County, the state report shows, 58 percent of black male students graduated in 2008 - a rate that was 11 percentage points higher than the national average. As the graduation rate of 66 percent for white male students was lower than the national average - although higher than the state average - the racial gap was much narrower than that of other districts in Georgia. The state report also examines the graduation rates in Atlanta, Chatham County, Clayton County, Cobb County, DeKalb County, Fulton County and Richmond County. Gwinnett County had the highest percentage of black male graduates, but more white males graduated in Atlanta, Cobb County and Fulton County. The same percentage of white males graduated in DeKalb County.  continue...