The statistics for young, male students of color in the District can be jarring: Male minority students make up 43 percent of the D.C. public school population, but they lag by nearly every measure, including in reading and math scores. In D.C, the graduation rate for black males is 38 percent, among the lowest in the nation. And disciplinary actions, including suspensions and expulsions, inordinately affect minority students over their white counterparts. In response, D.C. city officials say they’ll invest $20 million in new support for minority students, and they’ve hired experts to address the problem. Kojo sits down with Robert Simmons, D.C. Public Schools’ new chief of innovation and research, to find out more about how to improve outcomes for young, minority men.


  • Robert Simmons Chief of Innovation and Research, D.C. Public Schools

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