Here’s what’s holding black students back, from preschool through college.


Marcus Davis, 21, and other high school graduates and seniors attend a College Bridge class in 2014.
(Cheryl A. Guerrero / Los Angeles Times)
Sonali Kohli la-bio-sonali-kohliContact Reporter

One in five black high school students in California drop out before they can graduate. That’s the highest dropout rate of any race or ethnicity in the state, and much higher than the state’s overall 12% dropout rate.

And when black students get to college in California, they are also the least likely to graduate from state community colleges, Cal State universities, or UC’s.

Why is this happening? Why do black students fare worse in today’s education system than every other group? These are questions that researchers, parents, educators have been tackling for decades, if not longer.

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