It’s an overlooked issue in a raft of dismal statistics for boys, and minorities in particular: across the District, girls far outnumber boys in top public schools, some of which are 70 percent or more female. While D.C. celebrates improving test scores and rising rankings, the best “schools of choice” — magnet programs and charter schools — are educating far fewer boys than girls. We explore some of the possible reasons, along with the ways The District is aiming to address the achievement gap for minority boys.


  • Michael Petrilli President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute; Author, "Diverse Schools Dilemma: A Parent's Guide to Socioeconomically Mixed Public Schools."
  • Robert Bobb President and CEO, Robert Bobb Group; Former President, D.C. Board of Education

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