Saturday, November 13, 2010

The jaw-dropping crisis facing black males in OKC schools

Over at HuffPo, John Thompson writes about "a major metropolitan area where as few as 80 black males may graduate next year from the urban district's seven neighborhood schools!" He's talking about, um, Oklahoma City.
If such a statistic drops your jaw, please view this map of racial segregation in Oklahoma City. Our metropolitan area has more than 130,000 black residents, with the largest concentration of blacks living east of the railroad tracks. Most blacks live in that highly segregated area, and most of them are served by neighborhood schools in the Oklahoma City Public School System. A tough new graduation law takes effect next year, and the best estimate is that these seven schools have around 179 blacks on track to graduate. It appears that males will graduate at about 80 percent of the rate of females.

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