NYC Is Losing 50K Drop-Outs to the Street, Claims Education Secretary Duncan

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said there are 50,000 drop outs in New York City — and they're being lost to the streets.


Speaking at Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network in New York on Wednesday, Duncan called education the civil rights issue of our time and said there are 103,000 ninth-graders in the city but only 53,000 12th graders.

"Where are they all going?" Duncan asked. "Are they all going early to the NBA? Is Bill Gates coming and saying, 'I wanna hire all you drop outs?'"

Duncan said the city is losing kids to the street, and he outlined what he said was necessary to improve the education system in order to compete with other countries: investing more in early-childhood education, reforming K-12, raising standards and ensuring some form of education beyond high school.

"If you can ride in the front of the bus, but you can't read you’re not truly free," Duncan said.


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Ben Adams from NY

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Jun. 04 2011 06:57 PM
Mary Porter from Boston

Yes, the education "reformers" make them disappear as "discharges" (not dropouts). Then they claim they've transformed education, and demand to be given control of more schools to turnaround. It is all over the country, but NYC was Duncan's star example of the many ways successful corporate reform works to raise test scores. As well as Chicago, of course.

I'm afraid a great deal of the credit goes to Mr. Duncan himself, and his policies.

Apr. 07 2011 11:10 PM

!0 years as head of schools, and we are still losing 1/3 of our students. King Bloombergs reforms have accounted for nothing. The worse mayor for education ever.

Apr. 07 2011 07:00 PM
Bronx teacher from Bronx, NY

why won't anyone address the real issue? If you want to keep kids in school, kids need to have BETTER PARENTS! Parents who care, parents who spend more time being a parent and less time being their kid's friend, parents who refuse to accept failure or mediocrity, parents who are involved and STAY involved past elementary school.

Apr. 07 2011 11:19 AM

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