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Feb 14th

Jackson analyzes education disparity

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john-jacksonFifty-nine percent of Black males in Minnesota graduate from high school. Two-thirds of Minnesota Black male students read below the fourth grade level. Three times as many Black male students, in comparison to white male students were expelled. Black male students were admitted to district Gifted and/or Talented programs at less than half the rate of white male students, while nearly three times as many were classified as mentally retarded. (TheSchott Foundation).

Statistics for Minnesota are representative of a national tragedy while the United States wrestles with the embarrassment of our students ranking low in education globally. On Monday, Feb. 28, 6–7 pm, Dr. John Jackson, Ed. D., J.D. President of the Schott Foundation, will give a keynote address at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, on the future of public education and its impact on the academic achievement of Black males. Jackson will provide an overview of Minnesota’s statistics on racial disparities in public education and offer practical solutions for educational reform based on the Schott Foundation’s fourth biennial report, Yes We Can: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education & Black Males.

Artika Tyner, Interim Director of Diversity and Clinical Law Fellow (Community Justice Project) at University of St. Thomas School of Law said, “Yes We Can: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males 2010 provides a state-by-state comparative analysis of the achievement of Black males in public education and offers practical solutions for educational reform. This report frames educational disparities experienced by Black males as a civil rights issue and advocates for policy reform. The topic of this report is very timely for the University of St. Thomas School of Law community, education community and greater community as we collectively explore how to minister to the academic needs of Black males in a holistic manner. Dr. Jackson’s address will provide an opportunity for the community to come together and become educated about the challenges experienced by Black males.”

The Schott Foundation, founded in 1991, operates under the, “vision that all children will graduate from high performing, well-resourced public schools, and are capable of success in College and full participation in a democratic society, regardless of race, gender, class, or Native language. The mission of the Schott Foundation “is to develop and strengthen a broad-based and representative movement to achieve fully resourced, quality preK-12 public education.”

Tyner said, “Dr. Jackson will provide a call to action since each member of the community has a role to play in furtherance of the message of ‘Yes we can.’

At the core of Dr. Jackson’s values is the commitment that all children can learn! Based upon this commitment, I believe that Dr. Jackson can motivate the law school community and greater community to become actively involved in chartering a new course for the future of education for Black males. In furtherance of its social justice mission, the University of St. Thomas School of Law is honored to welcome, Dr. Jackson of the Schott Foundation.”

For more information on Schott Foundation’s Yes We Can: The Schott 50 State Report on
Public Education & Black Males, visit


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