Aforthcoming study brings welcome good news in education, ranking Baltimore County as the best large school district in the nation in getting African-American males successfully through high school. Positive results were also shown in Montgomery and Prince George's counties. At a time when other national studies have lamented the declining plight of young black males, that some Maryland school districts have figured out a better way is encouraging. The challenge is to sustain the success.
In Baltimore County, 78 percent of black males graduated in 2004, nearly the same as the 80 percent of white males that graduated. It's the highest rate among 58 large districts across the country that were studied by the Schott Foundation for Public Education. Montgomery and Prince George's graduate 64 percent and 61 percent of their black males, compared with 83 percent and 57 percent of white males, respectively - for the second- and third-highest rates. Among the other districts that fared well in the study were Boston; Cobb County, Georgia; and Guilford and Wake counties in North Carolina - representing urban, suburban and rural areas. Nationally, an estimated 45 percent of black males and 70 percent of white males graduate.