Report cites alarming gap in graduation rates - - Jackson, MS

Report cites alarming gap in graduation rates

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -  A new report about the white-black student gap in Mississippi graduation rates is raising eyebrows.  

The 2015 Schott Foundation for Public Education reveals some disturbing trends regarding black males staying in school. The Schott report indicates helping kids stay on track is a challenge.  

The data gathered from a variety of national sources indicates alarming data for states with the lowest estimated graduation rate for black males include Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi each at 55% or less. 

Mississippi's 51% graduation rate of black male students remains one of the lowest in the nation. According to the report, only 2 states were lower;  District of Columbia 48% and Nevada 40% in 2012-13.

 In Jackson's public school district only 28 percent of black male students graduate. 

The Schott Foundation also cited another issue, higher suspension rates between black and white students.

The report says the nation has  a long way to go in turning the tide against years of neglect 14 years after the enactment of the "No Child Left Behind" Act.

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