Dropout epicenters

The ever-entertaining Daily Beast has a piece on high school dropouts, but also ranks the 10 cities with the lowest percentages of high-school graduates.  It’s an interesting list, since most of the big urban cities (Detroit, Chicago, etc) are not on it.  The pandemic of high school dropouts peaks in several unexpected places: according to DB, the top dropout city is Bakersfeld, CA.

From the story:

Fifteen percent of American high schools, known as “dropout factories,” produce more than half of American dropouts. Research shows these schools are clustered in California, the Southwest, and the Old South. Now a new Census analysis by The Daily Beast demonstrates that regions with poor schools are lifelong magnets for high-school dropouts, and suffer from stagnant economies and rock-bottom salaries.

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