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Report: 'Dropout factory' high schools up in Ohio

Published: Mon, March 19, 2012 @ 1:46 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new report says the number of Ohio high schools considered “dropout factories” jumped from 75 to 135 over the eight years ending 2010, an increase that far outpaced other states.

The data is part of research being presented today at the Grad Nation summit in Washington. The summit has been organized by the children’s advocacy group America’s Promise Alliance, founded by former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

The group defines dropout factories as schools that fail to graduate more than 60 percent of students on time.

With 60 schools added to the category in Ohio, the state had the biggest increase among the states, followed by Nevada with an increase of 19 schools. In terms of numbers of students attending dropout factory schools, Ohio’s increase was about 12,500.


1DwightK(1535 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Why are the schools being blamed for kids quitting? Isn't it really the parents who are letting them drop out? And isn't dropping out the result of poor parenting from an early age?

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2VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Hunter - so you are suggesting we drop bombs on the dropout schools? Novel idea...

Btw, I spent a week in Reading a a few years ago on a business trip...a real shocker, and some think Youngstown is bad.

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3VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Some believe the answer is to close down the dropout schools and merge the students to better performing schools.

The problem with that idea is gang violence would increase, as has been proven recently. Students who belong to gangs in one school that merge into another school begin fights in the new schools to gain control. Or they simply clash because they hate each other.

So, it is not the schools...it is the environment the children are raised in and we expect our schools and our teachers to correct it while the parents continue in their drug induced, baby making, felonistic habits supported by decades of welfare funded by a caring society. If we really cared, we would stop this madness.

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