Studies show that drop outs are far more likely to be a burden on society than those who obtain at least a high school education. These findings were noted by Gary Orfield for the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University in a report entitled How Minority Youth Are Being Left Behind by the Graduation Crisis. Uneducated black men work less, earn less and are more likely to serve jail time than high school graduates (Western & Pettit). Quality public school education is essential to the success of our democracy and global competitiveness, and remains the only sustainable vehicle by which young black men can lift themselves out of poverty. Learn more about public school education.

“The driving principal behind any evaluation model will be to assess critically whether the strategy can be correlated to a meaningful improvement of academic performance, high school graduation and college completion rates of black males or a narrowing of the achievement gap.”