While the numbers are slowly improving, four in ten of Philadelphia's young people never finish high school. This dropout crisis impacts everyone – taxpayers, parents, employers, and community members. But those affected most immediately are the youth themselves.
To gain their viewpoint on what should be done, the Notebook interviewed more than 20 young people who are in alternative schools, GED preparation classes, and other programs for out-of-school youth.
While activists continue to protest the education budget proposed by Gov. Tom Corbett, a sense of doom is spreading across Philadelphia schools as many doubt the system can close an enormous funding shortfall without slashing staff and eliminating many core programs.