Here's a tough statistic: According to The Daily Beast
, 15 percent of schools produce more than 50 percent of all high school dropouts. The statement accompanies this gallery of the 10 cities with the worst dropout rates in the country
. They are, in reverse order, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Fresno, California; Chatanooga, Tennessee; Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, South Carolina; Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida; Riverside-San Bernadino-Ontario, California; Stockton, California; Augusta-Richmond County, South Carolina; McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas; and, finally, Bakersfield, California. From The DB:Roughly 16 percent of the Bakersfield population over 18 does not have a high-school diploma. Using the same population threshold, the Bakersfield area also ranked fifth lowest in the nation for median individual annual earnings, with $24,228 earned yearly by workers there.
You'll notice that some of the other cities listed are actually metropolitan areas that include multiple cities. I don't know if that should make them feel a little bit better or far, far worse. Regardless, it seems abundantly clear that we've got a lot of work to do in California.Photo (cc) by Flickr user nickchapman.