Tallahassee, FL – Dr. Billy Close is chair of the subcommittee wanting to improve the educational outcomes for black males. He says that there are many factors that contribute to their success and failure. According to the Florida Department of Education, the achievement gap begins to show itself between the 3rd and 5th grade.
Historically African Americans have been marginalized out of the educational system. Close suggests that this may be part of the reason why black males are struggling in schools.
He also says teachers may be part of the problem. He says that teachers need more skills to deal with children of different groups.
This is the council's first year. It is creating an in-depth study of the social, economic and educational issues that affect black males. For WFSU- FM, I'm Lynn Hatter.