March 25, 2005

Importing Poverty -- And Failure
Los Angeles Dropout Rate Disaster

Note fence around high school. Will we have fences around all buildings and none around the country?
Lou Dobbs Tonight - CNN - March 24
Robert Balfanz, Johns Hopkins: The harsh reality in 21st Century America where a high school diploma is universally recognized, there are schools where, routinely, half the students do not graduate.
Casey Wian: The study found that L.A.'s Jefferson High School only graduated 32% of its students. The principal said many students are poorly prepared entering high school, plus the neighborhood is violent.
Norm Morrow: The obstacle of living in a community where you have to look over your shoulder all the time.
Casey Wian: One panelist estimates one year of California dropouts costs the economy $14 billion and adds 1,225 prison inmates.

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