I was stunned to read that half of incoming freshman in Chicago Public Schools don't make it to graduation. We're talking about approximately 15,000 students each year who don't receive a diploma in Chicago. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-dropout_25feb25,1,5192379.story Nearly half of Chicago public school 9th graders who started high school in the last seven years have dropped out without earning a high school diploma, according to a study to be released Monday. ...... "It's a huge issue, and it's not just a huge issue in Chicago. It's a huge issue in all of the large urban districts across the country," said Carmita Vaughan, the district's dropout prevention and recovery director. "For whatever reason over the past 10 years, there has been an alarming trend of students who are not successfully finishing high school."