From todays Wall Street Journal, in a piece titled The NAACP's Unhealthy Tea Party Obsession, Jason Riley offers the following:
Black children are funneled into the nation's worst public schools, where they underperform and often don't graduate. Black boys in eighth grade read at about the same level as white girls in fourth grade. The achievement gap persists through high school, where the average black student is graduating with an eighth-grade education—if the student graduates at all.
The situation has remained essentially unchanged for three decades. President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan have noted that just 2,000 of the nation's 20,000 high schools produce half of all dropouts, and nearly 50% of black kids attend one of these "dropout factories." But that hasn't stopped the Obama administration from phasing out a Washington, D.C., voucher program for low-income students that improved graduation rates. Still, the NAACP is worried about the tea party?
Prisons are teeming with black men, a problem not unrelated to the dearth of decent educational choices for black families. In the current issue of National Affairs, David Kirp writes that "among 16- to 24-year-old black men not enrolled in school, fewer than half have jobs; about a third are in prison or jail, or on probation or parole." Blacks are 13% of the population but comprise 38% of prison or jail inmates in the U.S., and black-on-black violent crime is the norm. Blacks commit 52% of all murders and make up 49% of all murder victims—90% of them are killed by other blacks.
Click anywhere above to link to the entire article ................ I think.
They've changed some stuff at the WSJ and sometimes you get it, sometimes you only get the tease, which is why I'm not linking there as much.
This one here is the good stuff and worth the effort.
With regards to that 2,000 of the nations high schools produce half of all the nations dropouts thing?
These here little gears here links to a Department of Education press release wherein the above statistic is referenced.
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