Monday, October 29, 2007

1 in 10 Schools Are 'Dropout Factories'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's a nickname no principal could be proud of: "Dropout Factory," a high school where no more than 60 percent of the students who start as freshmen make it to their senior year. That dubious distinction applies to more than one in 10 high schools across America.

The highest concentration of dropout factories is in large cities or high-poverty rural areas in the South and Southwest. Most have high proportions of minority students. These schools are tougher to turn around, because their students face challenges well beyond the academic ones - the need to work as well as go to school, for example, or a need for social services.

Utah, which has low poverty rates and fewer minorities than most states, is the only state without a dropout factory. Florida and South Carolina have the highest percentages. About half of high schools in those states classify as dropout factories."

Damn but that makes me proud. Living in a state that refuses to dumb-down the curriculum in order to simply pass minority members who could care less if they receive a good education. The professional complainers, otherwise known as the weepy, creepy left, would have school systems cater to those that are not prepared to BE educated because of a horrendous family environment and the absolute certainty that when all else fails they can either excel at criminal endeavors or live off of the government.

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