At a dropout prevention conference in Pearl, yesterday, education officials say one reason African American males are less likely to graduate is because of a lack of male African American role models in the classroom. A recent report by the U-S Department of Education says black males represent only two percent of the nation’s teachers. Roy Jones is from Clemson University in South Carolina. He runs a program called Call Me MISTER – a mentoring program aimed at placing African American men in the classroom.

“The data tells us and our experience day to day that we’re finding too many children are growing up in households that don’t have a strong male figure.” says Jones. “So if they can find it in school that could be influential for children wanting to and desiring to learn and to improve in their achievement.”

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