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Urban Issue: School Dropout Rate

Michael Neeley

National University

Urban Issue: School Dropout Rate

The issue of quitting school and leaving a high school diploma to the wayside is an issue that has long term consequences for both the individual and society. Common media reports state that every nine seconds a student drops out of school. Various reasons for dropping out of school are cited and vary from personal to social problems. While the dropout rate for high school has steadily fallen since the 1980’s where it was 14.1, the rate in 2008 was reported at 8.0 according to US Department of Education, the issue still at the forefront of urban affairs. The reason for the alarm is due to the correlation of dropping out of school and criminology as well as unemployment, both of which are urban problems of themselves.
The problem with dropping out of school is best summed up as an individual and as a societal view. The individual consequences of a 16-24 year old quitting school include they are less likely to be part of the labor force and more likely to be unemployed. High School dropouts reportedly had worse single and family income, measures of assets, and self-reported depression than their Diploma and GED accredited counterparts. (Caputo, 2005) Education and dropout rates have significant effects on criminal incarceration, specifically fifty percent of all United States inmates are dropouts. Additionally the relationship between juvenile delinquency and school dropout rates shows a positive correlation.
From a societal standpoint dropping out of school are vast and monetarily significant. Those who cannot attain or maintain employment do not pay taxes and the government loses much needed revenue. The extremely high cost of prison inmates is an obvious concern in California and the…...

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