By Jeremy | August 14, 2008
Another reason educational inequity is the greatest injustice of our time:
The likelihood that a ninth-grader in one of the nation’s biggest cities will clutch a diploma four years later amounts to a coin toss â€” not much better than a 50-50 chance, new research finds.
Cross into the suburbs, and the odds improve dramatically.
The findings, which are being released today, look closely for the first time at the gap in high school graduation rates between public schools in the 50 biggest cities and the suburbs that surround them. Among the alarming disparities: In 12 cities, the gap exceeds 25 percentage points. Of those cities, nine are in the Northeast or Midwest.
Source: “‘Crisis’ graduation gap found between cities, suburbs,” USA Today (8/1/2008)
Still another reason why urban churches need 20/20 Vision for our schools.
“Fourteen urban school districts have on-time graduation rates lower than 50%; they include Detroit, Baltimore, New York, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Miami, Dallas, Denver and Houston. …
“Among the nation’s 50 largest districts … three graduate fewer than 40%: Detroit (21.7%), Baltimore (38.5%) and New York City (38.9%). …
“52% of blacks graduate, and 57% of Hispanics. …
“The study, which uses 2002 and 2003 data, the most current available, finds that public schools graduate 69.6% of an estimated 4 million eligible students each spring, meaning about 1.2 million students likely won’t graduate this year. That means about 7,000 students drop out per school day, Swanson says.”
Source: “Big-city schools struggle with graduation rates,” USA Today (6/20/2006)