School Dropouts: The Tragedy Of America's
Undereducated Youth.
by C.A. Bonilla and Jana L. Brazda

A THANK YOU NOTE

 
What can we say but thank you, thank you very, very much to those friends who - whether they fully agreed with us or not - have always been supportive of our need to present to the public our ideas on crucial issues which affect this wonderful nation of ours.
 
This is a democracy and solutions to problems are achieved by the honest and accurate presentation of information - from different viewpoints - and the debate which it elicits.
 
So to Mary and Marybeth Jannicelli, Lisa Rie, Henry Barkett, Dick Udell, Fred Beamer, Patty Denning, Ira McAtee, Sue and John Burke, Lynn Loveless and the other true believers in our work (you know who you are) muchisimas gracias and may the profits (if any) be a blessing to us all.
 
Lest I forget, thanks to all my good and long time friends at SAFEWAY the user-friendly neighborhood store who have patiently, and courteously, indulged my constant, consistent and-of course-annoying use of coupons and then automatically, I must add, doubled their value.
 
So, thank you Julia, Richard, Eddie, Terry and Terry, Gloria, managers Pat, Tom and John, also Nick Stevens, Joe, Ray and Troy Andal for making the difficult financial times of a full time writer much more affordable!!
 
Finally, my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Doris Banchero whose financial, moral, psychological and spiritual support were vital to the publication of this book.
 
Carlos A. Bonilla
ICA, Inc.
Stockton, 1993 Bonilla, C.A.
 
"An incisive, honest, somewhat irreverent and, at times, humorous look at some of the major problems affecting public (K-12) education in America today, with special emphasis on the dropout crisis. "
 
Includes Bibliographical references and a very extensive, indexed quick reference guide to school dropouts; also a short two act play and a fable. 1. Public schools - United States. 2. Education, secondary - United States. 3. Public school Administration and Management. 4. Latino, childreds Education - United States. 5. Funding Inequalities - K-12 education - United States.
 
Copyright @ 1993 by Carlos A. Bonilla, PhD Jana L. Brazda
 
For Information About Permission To Reproduce Selections From This Book, Write To: ICA Publishing, 1020 N. Commerce, Stockton, Ca. 95202.
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If an unfriendly power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war.
 
SOURCE: A Nation At Risk: The Imperative For Educational Reform, 1983.
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CONTENTS
 
A Thank You Note
Postcard From The Authors
 
1. And, In A Nutshell, Here Is The Problem
2. A Frightening Correlative Trilogy:
Illiteracy, Dropouts and the Labor Market
3. In Case You Should Ask: What Exactly is a Dropout And Other Annoying (Thoroughly
Annoying) Questions
4. Enough Of This! What Are the Numbers?
5. Hey, Mister, Can You Spare A Dollar? (A Tragicomedy In Three Acts)
6. Educating Latino Children
7. Closet Dropouts: Choosing to Remain In School While Opting To Dropout From
Learning
8. A Public School Superintendent's Kingdom: Part I
9. A Public School Superintendent's Kingdom: The Sequel
10. Zip Code Segregation
11. Why Do Students Dropout? The Real Experts Talk
12. Dropouts And Crime
13. A Conversation With An Education Reform Heretic
Addendum: Dropouts And Child Abuse
14. A Raft Trip Down The Education River ( A Fable)
Glossary
Index
Quick Reference Guide To School Dropouts
 
FIGURES
 
Figure 1. Dropout Rates (0/6) By Ethnicity And Region
Figure 2. Dropout Rates (0/6) By Ethnicity And Population Setting
Figure 3. Education - Related Factors In States With Large Hispanic Populations
Figure 4. Number Of Students Per Teacher
Figure 5. Expenditure As (0/6) Of Per Capita Income

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