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How One Principal Recruited Role Models to Motivate His Black Male Students

The high school graduation rate for black males is only 47 percent. Role models and mentorship can reverse the crisis.


There are plenty of challenges in public schools, but the greatest crisis we face in education today is that of black male learners: The national high school graduation rate for black males is a shocking 47 percent.

Although that national rate is extremely low, when it is disaggregated by large school districts, the statistics become even more alarming. In many districts across the country, the high school graduation rate for black males ranges from 19 to 30 percent.

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