50-50 Against The Odds
Students at Robeson High live in one of Chicago's most dangerous neighborhoods, Englewood is also one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city with a median income of $18,955 and a demographic of 97.8% African Americans. Roberson student face many challenges as they enter school they have to walk through metal detectors witnesse fights and sometimes not have a clear idea of what they're doing on a day-to-day basis. In Chicago Public Schools, only around half the freshmen who enter high school will earn their diploma. On August 18, 2010. A 50-state report from the Schott Foundation for Public Education has come to a dispiriting conclusion: public education is failing black male students. Nationwide, the graduation rate for this demographic of students is a paltry 47 percent. And in some major cities, it's perilously low--in New York City and Philadelphia, for example, only 28 percent of black males complete high school on time.