According to the Schott Foundation, the Rochester City School District has the nation's lowest graduation rate among African American male students. The foundation identified Montgomery County, Maryland as a district with one of the highest graduation rates. So what are the two doing that might account for the difference? WXXI's Hélène Biandudi takes a look at both of them.
In the past thirteen years, the Greater Rochester area has become more racially diverse than ever before. According to data from the Census Bureau, between 2000 and 2010, all racial and ethnic groups except whites experienced growth. The highest spike in population is among those who identify themselves as multi-racial, which soared 101 percent. The next highest spike occurred in the Hispanic population, which increased by 38 percent. In this report, we investigate the challenges and opportunities this changing community presents.