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Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith

Regarding the Council on Great City Schools National Town Hall Meeting on Black Male Achievement

“Today the Council of Great City Schools is hosting a national town hall meeting focused on the unique educational and social challenges of African-American males. Here in Florida we have made tremendous strides in closing the achievement gap between white and African-American students and increasing the performance of African-American men in our school system overall. During the past decade, we have increased the graduation rate of African-American students by nearly 10 percent. But we know we have much more work to do to ensure each and every student has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. I am heartened by the positive discussions taking place to address these serious concerns and optimistic that we can find positive solutions to support the next generation of terrific leaders.”