School program focuses on black boys

April 9, 2007
Districts provide special attention to students struggling in class.

Many school districts have long worked to close the achievement gap between minority and white students, but the programs in Ossining (N.Y.) schools aimed at getting black male students to college are a new frontier. After a district analysis of high school students’ grade-point averages revealed that black boys were performing far worse than any other group, they decided to act. A special mentoring program pairs black boys with black teachers for one-on-one guidance outside class, extra homework help, and cultural activities during the school day.

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