What can we do to improve graduation rates for black and Latino boys?

We’re talking today about a new report on the graduation rates for black and Latino males. Here are the numbers:

Only 52 percent of Black male and 58 percent of Latino male ninth-graders graduate from high school four years later, while 78 percent of White, non-Latino male ninth-graders graduate four years later.

What does the Schott Foundation, the group that released the report, think should be done to improve black and Latino graduation rates?

End the rampant use of out-of-school suspensions as a default disciplinary action, as it decreases valuable learning time for the most vulnerable students and increases dropouts.

Expand learning time and increase opportunities for a well-rounded education including the arts, music, physical education, robotics, foreign language, and apprenticeships.

States and cities should conduct a redlining analysis of school funding, both between and within districts, and work with the community and educators to develop a support-based reform plan with equitable resource distribution to implement sound community school models.

What should we do in Minnesota?

–Stephanie Curtis, social media host