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May 20, 2012
Ocean Springs - a school district with more than 5,300 students, more than 20 percent of whom are black, Hispanic or Asian - has long had little difference in the graduation rates among boys and girls, black or white. The district's overall graduation rate is 87.1. The rates are 86.6 for black females, 88.2 for white females, 86.7 for black males and 88.3 for white males. Oleta Fitzgerald, Southern regional director for the Children's Defense Fund, says there should be concern about the graduation rates for black males. For black people, there should be concern about the potential loss of a race and culture if what's happening with black males goes unchecked.
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