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Mapping Philadelphia's dropouts

By the Notebook on Mar 28, 2013 12:57 PM

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Graphic by Joseph Kemp

Comments (21)

Submitted by Paul Socolar on March 28, 2013 1:01 pm

One of the hotspots is Kensington, which was the focus of the Notebook's 2012 edition looking at the dropout issue.

Submitted by center65 (not verified) on March 28, 2013 4:38 pm
Which one demographic factor affects dropout rate the most?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 29, 2013 1:27 am
Students' willingness to do what parents expect and teacher ask of them?
Submitted by Education Grad ... on March 29, 2013 12:10 am
The hot spots in South Philadelphia and Manayunk are surprising. I'm also wondering why some of the areas have the zip codes listed and others don't. What is the reason for that? EGS
Submitted by Paul Socolar on March 29, 2013 1:30 am

zip codes are shown where the dropout rate exceeds 31% ...

Submitted by Robert Scherf (not verified) on March 29, 2013 6:15 am
Do these figures take into account the students that reside in one neighborhood and take the bus to go to school in another neighborhood?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 2, 2013 3:17 pm
why 6 year?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 2, 2013 3:27 pm
why is it a 6 year drop out rate? should we be looking at a 4 year time span?
Submitted by Mike (not verified) on June 6, 2014 8:43 am
it's a 6-year dropout rate most likely because they wanted to show more data than needed, just to get an idea of the timeline and evolution of this.
Submitted by Kevin Brown (not verified) on November 1, 2014 12:30 am

You can have all the studies and commission and boards and bla bla bla...that you want but until the average dollar per student is comparable to districts like Lower Merion,Cherry Hill,Cheltenham and other great districts in the delaware valley area these drop out numbers will always be amazingly high.

In any other part of our lives we understand that if we want better quality we have to pay more for it. The obvious examples are houses,cars, clothing,food,jewlery,vacations etc.Only when it comes to poor and minority kids education do we refuses to use these logic.

Every three to five years another superintendent comes though with another study and another well intended plan without the money to make a difference.  

My take on this is we as the adults have "failed" our kids. We preach to them how important education is but we refuse to make sure they have the source of funding that is needed to provide a great education. There is a direct connection between money spent per student and graduation rates.

I think we need be more involved at election time. We need a 90% turn out when the govenor and state represeatives are up for election not just when a black man is running for president.

The "funny" thing about this mess is in the May primary we had about the same voter turn out as we have drop out rate...about 33%

Its said to say but we get the goverment that we hsow and vote for...or not show up for!!!!!!!!!

 

 

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