Board of Education passed Initiative designed to improve lives

The Cincinnati Board of Education passed a resolution at its April 11, 2011, public meeting to create a Task Force to lead the District's African-American Male Initiative designed to improve outcomes for African-American and other at-risk males in Cincinnati Public Schools.

The Initiative and its Task Force will research, develop and implement a series of programs resulting in measurable improvements in academic achievement, promotion rates, graduation rates, and college and career readiness. Programs also will focus on social skills development, good citizenship, improved health and wellness, and financial literacy.

As an initial strategy, the Initiative will launch Young Men's Clubs in 10 Cincinnati Public Schools (five high schools and five elementary schools) to support African-American and other at-risk males and ultimately serve as a national model for improving outcomes for at-risk young men.

Across the nation, African-American males are underperforming academically at such troubling levels that the situation has been labeled a "national catastrophe" by the Council of the Great City Schools. In Cincinnati Public Schools – despite overall District progress in raising academic results and graduation rates – African-American males mirror the national trend. And, they are not alone. Male students, as a whole, are underperforming in Cincinnati Public Schools.