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Dropout rate for Calif. black students hits 37%
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 8, 2010 | Jill Tucker,

Posted on 12/09/2010 10:51:40 AM PST by Amerikan_Samurai

More than a third of California's African American public high school students dropped out before graduation day, a startling number and one that's on the rise, according to 2009 data released Tuesday.

The 37 percent African American dropout rate, up three percentage points from the prior year, was far above that of any other ethnic subgroup. Hispanic students had the second highest rate at 27 percent.

Locally, San Francisco cautiously celebrated a 9 percent overall dropout rate, a stark contrast to Oakland's 40 percent, numbers still under review for accuracy.

The statewide statistics highlight a pervasive achievement gap in test scores and graduation rates that persists despite focused efforts to boost the academic performance of black, Hispanic and low-income students, state education officials said.

Overall, 22 percent of state students dropped out of high school, according to the new data, up from 19 percent the year before.

The numbers are more than a year old. They were released several months later than usual because of problems ramping up a new system that can follow individual students' progress in California public schools, even if they move, said state schools Superintendent Jack O'Connell.

"We now have a data system that allows us to track students more accurately and have honest conversations about how to improve graduation rates and reduce dropouts among all subgroups of students," O'Connell said.

O'Connell blamed the increase on state budget cuts, which have resulted in larger class sizes, fewer art and music classes, cuts to sports, fewer counselors and less access to career/technical courses - all programs that can help keep struggling or at-risk students in school.

In addition, drastic cuts to summer school have prevented students from catching up on credits during the break, meaning they can't graduate on time and too often give up.

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To: Amerikan_Samurai

And of those who graduate, how many can read, write a complete sentence, and figure percentages?

41 posted on 12/09/2010 11:50:04 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: wintertime

Prov 16:26
2 Thess 3:10

Let ‘em go hungry for a while, and they’ll quickly figure out that whole “work ethic” thing.

42 posted on 12/09/2010 11:50:55 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Amerikan_Samurai

Well, someone has to clean the toilets.

43 posted on 12/09/2010 11:52:14 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: rdcbn
It’s worse than you can imagine.

No,... it's not, but sadly, the rest of your points are exactly accurate.

44 posted on 12/09/2010 11:53:55 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: brownsfan

“It’s white people’s fault.”

Nah, bro. It’s the Jews. They control everything and stole our music! They be keepin us down!

. . .oh, wait.

45 posted on 12/09/2010 11:54:56 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Ballygrl

On a related note please join us July 21 through July 24, 2011 to commemorate the 150th Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War and the Battle of First Manassas.

150 years on the dole is indeed enough.

46 posted on 12/09/2010 11:55:03 AM PST by satan (Plumbing new depths of worthlessness on a daily basis.)
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To: Amerikan_Samurai

no midnight basketball???

47 posted on 12/09/2010 11:56:07 AM PST by bikerman (Impeachment ! Has a nice ring to it don't you think?)
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To: Junior_G
"If they want to close the achievement gap, they need to focus on getting white and asian test scores lower."

The solution is to stop testing...everyone will be graded the same.

48 posted on 12/09/2010 11:57:36 AM PST by blam
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To: EyeGuy

I am no expert on this. I do know in the early 1960’s we had a mandatory high school education for all males in VA. If you were not in the military at age 17, which required parental approval/signature, your fanny best be in class.I recall two 21 plus year olds in my senior class. One was a real disgrace to his father as his father was an Air Force O-6. Yet, at age 22 he graduated. I think mandatory graduation is the answer, as the military will not even take GED types now unless the person really scores high on the ASVAB. Good luck finding those critical MOS’s in this economy-” dropouts.” The Army does not want you. Neither do any of the other services.

Glen Beck reported last night that college students were told to get financial aid “food stamps.” Then we had the Obama education lady say all students should have free laptops and Internet. Surprising to this lady this has been tried. The result was the laptops were trashed, used by other family members,and; you tube videos were what the teens watched. Even the teachers failed to become PC literate. I am told each year to give more to our schools. They,the students and teachers do worse each year. The military would relieve any commander whose company or whatever failed. We must do the same with our teachers.

Now, I want to be positive despite the obvious negativity.I believe we-”YES WE” must demand that our federal, state, and local officials mandate that all must obtain a high school diploma as a minimum. No pass or fail. No multi language BS. No excuses. If you are 18 and have not graduated, you stay in high school until you do. If it takes wearing a “Dunce” hat-so be it.

49 posted on 12/09/2010 12:02:33 PM PST by Lumper20
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To: Amerikan_Samurai

The world needs ditchdiggers too.

50 posted on 12/09/2010 12:04:11 PM PST by BlueLancer (I'm getting a fine tootsy-frootsying right here...)
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To: Amerikan_Samurai


51 posted on 12/09/2010 12:04:46 PM PST by Dick Bachert (11/2 was a good start. Onward to '12. U Pubbies be strong or next time we send in the libertarians!)
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To: sappy

The drop out rate where my kids go to school is 0%. Of course it is a Christian school. Tuition is approx $11,000/year which makes its cost considerably lower than the gubmint/union schools. Each to their own I guess. I also should mention that based on a general observation of the student body, the ethnic breakdown contains large components of Hispanic and Asian (25%+ for each), with a smattering of blacks to go along with the white group (less than 50%). Based on my daughter’s circle of friends, integration is very complete. There is no ethnic strife on campus at all. This school is in Los Angeles County about 20 miles from downtown. It is in an older middle class neighborhood and is not considered to be upperclass by any stretch of the imagination. Most of the kids live in two parent homes and the parents are very interested in their children’s educational progress.

52 posted on 12/09/2010 12:08:09 PM PST by Sam Clements
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To: Lumper20

“... mandate that all must obtain a high school diploma as a minimum..”


And, as I am sure you mean: with OBJECTIVE, measureable, non-negotiable standards of achievement.

No rubberstamp “diplomas” ala the racist John Thompson’s “enviable” Georgetown University basketball team’s “graduation” rates.

53 posted on 12/09/2010 12:08:27 PM PST by EyeGuy (RaceMarxist Obama: The Politics of Vengeance)
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To: Amerikan_Samurai

“A startling number”

It’s not startling at all.

54 posted on 12/09/2010 12:10:50 PM PST by Jim Noble (It's the tyranny, stupid!)
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To: Amerikan_Samurai

What is the drop out rate of black students at suburban schools with small black populations versus black students at urban schools filled with blacks and Latinos?

55 posted on 12/09/2010 12:11:06 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: re_nortex

Bingo. Public schooling wAs a good idea that doesn’t work.

56 posted on 12/09/2010 12:13:00 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: TSgt



57 posted on 12/09/2010 12:16:59 PM PST by tnlibertarian (Hey D. C., tax increases are not spending cuts. Nor do tax cuts constitute increased spending.)
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To: rdcbn

“Our failed social policies have destroyed several generations of poor black children “

That’s why I’m skeptical of the IQ=genetics claim of the Bell Curve. They can’t point to a single IQ gene or group of genes but the environment is clearly stacked up against anyone who wants to learn and excel.

58 posted on 12/09/2010 12:25:18 PM PST by ari-freedom (Happy Chanuka!)
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To: Yaelle
Bingo. Public schooling was a good idea that doesn’t work.

I tend to be suspect of virtually any entity with the term "public" or "national" as part of the name:

Public transit
National Parks
Public Broadcasting
National Endowment for the Arts
Public option

...and that's just a smattering.

On the other hand, I still enjoy watching Jimmy Cagney in the 30's film, Public Enemy. :-)

59 posted on 12/09/2010 12:31:52 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas...)
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To: Amerikan_Samurai

People will still get accused of racism for simply stating facts and data.

San Francisco, with a starkingly low dropout rate of 9%, the predominant demographic group is Asian. In fact, San Fran and Hawaii are the only two places in the US where Asians outnumber whites.

And, in Oakland, where the rate is 40%, Asians are NOT the predominant race.

So, if this is the fault of the Whites, then why are Asians doing so much better than Whites? Not just here, but in general...higher per capita income, higher graduation rate, higher going to college?

US already trails by a large margin to China, in our students’ reading and math skills. In China and Japan and South Korea, competition is fierce for academics.

In the US, we embrace diversity and being policitally correct.

They embrace superiority. We celebrate mediocrity.

I cry for the spiral that liberals have taken my beautiful country down.

60 posted on 12/09/2010 12:36:25 PM PST by DecentAmerican
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