A disturbing trend for Detroit's schools
While doing some research for the blog, I came across the following troubling information: Detroit leads the nation for high-school dropouts. Detroit also was one of 12 cities identified by America's Promise Alliance in 2008 as having the highest dropout rates.
Another notable data point -- there is a reported 58 percent graduation rate among Detroit high-school students.
The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, D.C.-based policy, research, and advocacy organization that works to make every child a graduate, prepared for post-secondary education and success in life. Locally, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan is working with the Alliance to come up with solutions to this outrageous situation.
According to the Alliance, "with each class of dropouts our nation loses more than three hundred billion dollars in taxes and revenue."
Locally, the impact is significant, the Alliance found. If the Detroit metro area were to reduce by 50 percent the number of students who fail to graduate with their class, it could enjoy more than $130 million in additional wages and 8,000 new homeowners. And the percentage of new high school graduates who continue their education after high school would be an outstanding 45 percent.
Both Time and the blog plan on tackling this issue, finding stories of people learning to read and those who have benefited from programs like the Boys & Girls Clubs. I am eager to hear their stories.