Superintendent Dance Calls for Higher Black Male Graduation Rate

Baltimore County Public Schools was recently named fourth in the nation in a recently released report ranking school systems based on black male graduation rates.

The Baltimore County Public Schools system has the fourth highest graduation rate for black males in the nation, but that's not good enough for Superintendent S. Dallas Dance.

"Baltimore County schools have traditionally fared well in these national rankings,” Dance announced in response to the recently released national study. 

"But how we rate among school systems isn’t where our attention needs to be. Having just 67 percent of our black males graduate is not acceptable. We must set our sights higher. We must do more to guarantee that black male students— that all students—can achieve their full potential as learners, and that they graduate on time and ready to succeed in their choice of college or career," Dance stated in a news release.

The report from Schott Foundation for Public Education notes that nationally, as of the 2009-2010 school year—the most recently available data—only 52 percent of black males graduate from high school in four years. The study states that this figure is 10 percent higher than the 2001-2002 school year.

Baltimore County trailed behind Montgomery County; Newark, New Jersey and Cumberland County, North Carolina among districts with more than 10,000 black male graduates. On the other side of the spectrum, Rochester, New York ranked as having the lowest rate with nine percent.

As a state, Maryland was five percentage points above the national average at 57 percent.

New York has a 39 percent rate of black male graduates, the lowest in the nation, according to the report. Maine claimed the highest rate with 97 percent.

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FIFA September 23, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Says who? You made that up. Disgusting.
georged September 23, 2012 at 05:51 PM
New York has a 39 percent rate of black male graduates, the lowest in the nation, according to the report. Maine claimed the highest rate with 97 percent. Northwoods hicks in Maine do better than enlightened and diverse idiots in ny!!!!
Jeanne September 23, 2012 at 07:01 PM
I am so tired of hearing of students being broken down by their race. Every student should be treated equal, taught equal, etc... There are some students that need more help, don't take the time to break them down by race give them the help they need. Some students just want to coast through school doing the least amount of work possible, parents get them off their ass and have them work to their ability. Going to school and how you are treated, given help, etc.. should not be about your race it should be about your ability to do work and the respect you show to other people (including other students). The students don't know they are being broken down by race and when some found out they didn't like it.
Parkvillehoney September 23, 2012 at 09:02 PM
John L when you have young single parent households what do you expect. If a girl and guy aren't smart enough not to have a child before they complete school and have a job, how are they going to raise a responsible child. Oh I forgot, the federal government will be the "parent' providing housing, energy assistance, food stamps, childcare, and cell phones. How about the federal government requiring child rearing classes and teaching unwed mothers not to have more kids they can't afford to raise without government help.
Parkvillehoney September 23, 2012 at 09:18 PM
The problem in Baltimore County Schools is lack of discipline. How can you teach to a disruptive group of students? 1st start with uniforms for all grade levels. Polo shirts and kahki pants for males, skirts, pants and polos for girls. Also, there has to be an alternative school for disruptive students. Take them out of the regular school where their friends are. These students will change their behavior or be stuck in this alternative school until they graduate.


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