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Oakland schools’ black male students at risk

Jill Tucker, San Francisco, 5/24/12

By the time they reach middle school, more than half of the African American males in Oakland show signs they’ll miss high school graduation day, with suspensions and chronic absenteeism topping the list of common characteristics among them, according to a study released Tuesday.

The Urban Strategies Council report identified several risk factors facing black males and urged Oakland education officials to monitor those students closely and intervene to keep them in class and on track to graduate.



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