Our product? Dropouts
A new report from Johns Hopkins University's Center for Social Organization of Schools gives Florida a dubious distinction: It's one of two states where about half of all public high schools meet its definition of a "dropout factory."
"If you're born in a neighborhood or town where the only high school is one where graduation is not the norm, how is this living in the land of equal opportunity?" researcher Bob Balfanz says to the Associated Press.
Nationally, about one in 12 high schools fits that definition. That's about the same as a decade ago. But here in Florida, as well as in South Carolina, it's a much higher percentage. Utah is the only state without a dropout factory.
What about here locally? Check out this list:
- Pinellas: Boca Ciega, Clearwater, Dixie Hollins, Dunedin, Gibbs, Lakewood, Osceola, Pinellas Park, Seminole and St. Petersburg high schools.
- Hernando: Central and Frank W. Springstead high schools.
- Hillsborough: Bloomingdale, Chamberlain, East Bay, Hillsborough, Jefferson, King, Leto, Plant City, Robinson, Tampa Bay Technical and Wharton high schools.
- Pasco: Gulf, Hudson, James W. Mitchell, Pasco, Ridgewood, River Ridge and Zephyrhills high schools.