DETROIT - A national report found that Michigan has the lowest graduation rate for black males in the country, with Detroit Public Schools graduating the second lowest number of black males when compared to other large urban districts, according to The Kalamazoo Gazette.

The Schott Foundation for Public Education's report, "Given Half a Chance: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males," found that Michigan graduates 33 percent of black males, compared to 47 percent nationwide. Michigan graduates 74 percent of white males, which is just one percentage point lower than the national figure. Detroit Public Schools graduates 20 percent of black males and 17 percent of white males, The Gazette reported.

North Dakota led the country by graduating 89 percent of its black male population, according to The Gazette.

SOURCE:
Kalamazoo Gazette, "State worst in grad rate for black males," July 27, 2008

FURTHER READING:
Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "How Ideology Perpetuates the Achievement Gap," Feb. 2, 2005

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