Reaching Black Boys
On virtually every measure of educational success, African-American male students trail behind their peers in Chicago Public Schools. Black boys score lowest on state achievement tests, are more likely than their peers to drop out of high school and are less likely to go on to post-secondary education. A significant factor behind these troubling statistics is harsh discipline imposed by schools. Research has found a strong correlation between absences, course failures and dropping out—and African American boys in CPS are more likely than any other group to miss school because of suspensions and expulsions.