Why black boys?
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Why black boys?

Why black boys?

The Office of Black Male Student Achievement (OBMSA) was created specifically to address the needs of the largest demographic group within MPS. It represents an equitable approach to tackling the challenges that exist for the school district’s black male students.

The degree to which racial disparities continue to persist in MPS is unacceptable. Native-born, black males consistently perform at or near the bottom on nearly all performance indicators in MPS. We must focus on supporting black male students in more aggressive and effective ways.

We must commit to having equity in this district and lead more intentionally around getting results for these specific groups. Accelerating the growth of students who are two and three years behind will require more targeted resources and support.

While many “special groups” are already institutionally represented in MPS through departments and programs (Special EducationAmerican IndianNABAD and ELL programs, etc.), there is no specific structure to support the achievement of the lowest-performing group of students.