Thursday, January 26, 2006

Only 58 percent of Baltimore's high school seniors graduated last year

State and Baltimore school leaders again find themselves at odds, this time over graduation rates.

Though the numbers aren't new, the contention surrounds the statistic that only 58 percent of Baltimore's high school seniors graduated last year.

While that rate is higher than the national average of graduation rates, it's not good enough for state school leaders.

Some members of the state Board of Education pressed city school leaders during its regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday to find ways to help more students earn high school diplomas. They also recognized that evidence does show the numbers are going up slightly.

"Basically, 42 percent of kids who (are black) are disappearing off the radar, and most are males," said Dunbar Brooks, the vice president of the Maryland State Board of Education. "That's an economic disaster for the African-American community in Baltimore City, and this metropolitan area, and this country."

According to the statistics, more than 83 percent of Baltimore's Hispanic students and 90 percent of the city's English language learners earned diplomas last year.

Baltimore City schools CEO Bonnie Copeland responded: "We want all of our students to graduate and certainly we would like all of them to graduate in four years, but I would still love all of them to graduate. Even if it took them five years, that would still equip them with the choices they need upon graduation."

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At 11:56 PM, Anonymous Nick T said...

"African-American community"--in Baltimore?? This has to rank in the top three oxymorons [along with military intelligence and government help].There is no Community,unless you count the various gangs.Welfare recipents,gang-bangers,dope dealers,NBA or Rap-star wannabees;none of which can read or write at a 6th grade level[including those that graduated]The Mexicans have taken over what little opportunities they had,plus the streets and the dope trade.I haven't figured out yet whether this is good or bad for we Whites.Time will tell----

At 12:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"According to the statistics, more than 83 percent of Baltimore's Hispanic students...earned diplomas last year."

If true, they're doing significantly better than the Hispanics in California. Which makes one wonder. Also, I recall hearing about a report that stated the published graduation figures for the LA school district were fudged significantly. I mean, there must be a reason why the HS leaving exam was postponed in California, and the most likely is that too many people would fail it and they wouldn't know what to do with them.

At 1:47 AM, Anonymous Nick T said...

No matter how large your government grant{our money]is,YOU CAN'T TEACH A PENGUIN TO FLY!!


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