School’s new culture cuts racial achievement gap

Friday, June 14, 2013

When Principal Donald Lilley was hired nine years ago to improve Annapolis High School, he discovered what appeared to be two schools under one roof.

“My African-American ninth grade males … I’d say 73 percent, had less than a 2.0 grade point average,” he said.

The white students, however, were taking Advanced Placement classes and getting accepted to college.

Decades ago there were, in fact, two segregated schools, physically divided, until they merged in the 1960s. But it took years before all of its students were treated equally, Lilley said.

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