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In the News: Black male graduation rates; free summer lunches

A report released today reveals a 36 percent gap in the high school graduation rates between black and white males in Illinois. In Chicago public schools, the black male high school graduation rate is only 44 percent.

A report released today reveals a 36 percent gap in the high school graduation rates between black and white males in Illinois. In Chicago public schools, the black male high school graduation rate is only 44 percent. Nationwide, only 47 percent of black males graduate from high school on time, according to the report, "Yes We Can," from the Cambridge-Mass.,-based Schott Foundation for Public Education. (press release)

In the state

Every student at Wood Oaks Junior High School in Northbrook School District 27 will receive a new netbook computer, a small laptop that will allow students and teachers to work through their lessons electronically. (Trib Local)

Rather than making personnel or service cuts, Community Consolidated School District 59 approves a 2010-11 budget that uses part of its reserve funds. (Trib Local)

Elgin Area School District U-46 projects a $2.1 million dollar surplus for the 2011 fiscal year. The school district laid off 1,037 employees in March. All but 407 of those employees have been reinstated. (Daily Herald)

Des Plaines Elementary District 62 officials are hopeful classes will begin at Algonquin Middle School on Aug. 23, despite construction delays from a three-week laborer's strike, officials said. (Daily Herald)

In the nation

Food services directors across the country credit the ailing economy with driving participation in free lunches this summer either up or down, depending on how programs are implemented. The U.S. Department of Agriculture hasn’t yet reported data for participation this year in free or reduced-price summer meals programs, but the recession affected participation in nutrition programs funded by the Department of Agriculture last summer, according to an analysis of federal data by the Food Research and Action Center, a Washington-based nonprofit organization. (Education Week)

A long-troubled Long Island school district is on the road to recovery as one of its middle schools is removed from New York state's lowest-performing schools list and the school board is being returned to local control. (The New York Times)

Changes are in store this fall for five Northwest Indiana high schools and one elementary school that are entering their fifth year of academic probation under the state's Public Law 221, an accountability measure. (Post-Tribune)

5 comments

OK-we've known this for years! wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

In the News: Black male graduation rates; free summer lunches

Report wants more money for black male students; resources and even MORE support for parents. The money is not there and the report does not say how to do this without more funds. For decades, we thrown $$$ at the problem and it only gets worse. Be real--allow birth control with Medicade. Require adults to learn-work at a school in order to get food stamps and aide. Stop mothers from pushing their going-on-18 daughters to have babies. Shocking, isn't it. Wake up.

Apres Ski wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

In the News: Black male graduation rates; free summer lunches

They need to weed out students with dyslexia. Those are the ones dropping out because they can't grasp the information or studies. Their brains are wired differently and they need special help with their thinking & their lives.

Chicago CPS should test "all" students from the age of 5 or 7 years old on up to find if they are dyslexic. This will make a big difference in the size of the classroom as well as teachers. There wouldn't be so much trouble with students and gang activity would be way down or non existent.

Adrian wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

In the News: Black male graduation rates; free summer lunches

Has anyone done a study not based on race, but on neighborhood, parents income level, parents education level, married or unmarried parents, to see if this achievement gap is really based on race? We need to just quit throwing money at the problem and try to really understand the root cause.

Caddycts wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

In the News: Black male graduation rates; free summer lunches

Lots of black males can't even go to school because they're afraid of being gunned down or beat up. Black parents have to take their boys to school AND pick them up just to keep them safe. Some parents don't have the luxury to provide this service for their kids and to keep their kids safe - they let them stay home.

Breaking News wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

In the News: Black male graduation rates; free summer lunches

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