Back from break...
Did anyone see the article in today's Chronicle reporting on California's staggering high school dropout rate?
Here are some highlights:
"Nearly 1 in 4 California students will drop out during high school, state educators said Wednesday, basing their prediction on what they said is the most accurate information about student attendance they've ever collected."
The new dropout rate is far higher than the 13 percent educators had earlier estimated using less-sophisticated counting methods they had relied on for years.
"Bay Area dropout rates vary widely by school district, but three have rates far higher than the 24 percent state average: Oakland Unified (37 percent), West Contra Costa Unified (40 percent), and Vallejo City Unified (42 percent)."
"In San Francisco, 1,052 high school students quit last year. Based on that, researchers believe that 21 percent of entering freshmen will quit before earning a diploma."
"California's dropouts cost the state $50 billion per year, said incoming state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg, a Sacramento Democrat who quoted studies showing that over their lifetimes those who quit are more likely to be unemployed, turn to crime, need state-funded medical care, get welfare and pay no taxes."
Be sure to check out the article, which reports on the dropout rate for specific SF high schools: Leadership High is 46 percent, Abraham Lincoln High is 15 percent, School of the Arts is 11 percent, and Lowell is 1 percent.
What do you think?