Freeport school board members were pleased with Monday night's meeting. They say Freeport schools have made tremendous strides keeping kids in school.
The school district looked at numerous data on black student versus white student achievement. They say progress is being made in state tests, attendance, participation in extra curricular activities, and the number of minorities on the school staff. And while they are continuing to improve, school board members say the district still has a long way to go.
"We found out that, yes progress is being made, their still a lot of work to be done particularly in discipline. African Americans are still disproportionately disciplined accounting for 50 percent of all suspensions," says Teresa Hines, Director of Equity for the Freeport School District.
In addition to these changes, schools now have tutoring during the school day, and college prep classes on the weekend.